Newport Beach Back Bay Trail

EASY 33 reviews

Newport Beach Back Bay Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newport Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
547 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Estuary, birdwatching, marsh, scenic side trail. Street parking near the trailhead is free. Sea breezes make this one of the few treeless trails that you can hike in summer in Southern California. Located far from the ridges, the flat expanses of the marsh do not, at first glance, seem like much of a place to commune with nature, but once you get up close you discover all kinds of wonders including waterfowl, insect life, peculiar vegetation, and fossils. The trail as reported includes a side loop up Big Canyon, a eutropic arroyo where a pond is becoming filled up due to runoff from blufftop housing. You can lose yourself amid the cattails, bay laurel, and papyrus, allowing yourself the belief that you are far from civilization, perhaps somewhere in the Everglades. Great Blue Herons, American Egrets, and Snowy Egrets stalk the mudflats to the west giving joy to birders who bring spotting scopes in search of waterfowl and shorebirds. Remember that this is "a multi-purpose trail" for hikers, bikers, and slow-moving autos.

17 days ago

mountain biking
25 days ago

1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

Really easy trail for all types of activities. Jogging, hiking, walking, or even biking! You can even drive it (one way) for part of it. There is a dirt trail but also a paved trail for bikes. For biking, it is a 10 mile loop and fairly flat. I bike it using a hybrid - any bike will do here. There are 2 steep parts, but it isn't so bad - for the most part this loop is very flat. I don't break out a sweat when I bike it, so it is nice and enjoyable if you just want some fresh air with some beautiful scenery. Watch out for horse poop on some parts of it. You'll see lots of rabbits in the early morning and evening.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Very easy mainly a paved path.

walking
4 months ago

I walked on the paved road portion with my 2 y/o in the stroller. Great walk! Next time we will both hike the dirt trails! Will come back her again

hiking
4 months ago

walking
6 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

11 months ago

Awesome

11 months ago

it was a nice little bike trail , not really for walking , I'd say but it was fun .

hiking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Great trail, but best enjoyed in early morning or late evening, since it can get crowded at times.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Great trail, but best enjoyed in very early morning or late evening, since it can get crowded at times.