Newport Beach Back Bay Trail

EASY 54 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.

10.1 miles
321 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

road biking

trail running



wild flowers


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.

1 day ago

I guess how you feel about this place depends on how you plan to use it. Could be fun on a bike (track bike) since it is all paved and don't have to worry about lots of traffic. Could be good for a family with young kids since and a stroller would be feasible. Could be good for joggers. I went with my dog to hike and there are no dirt trails, there is excessive debris in the water/plants and there is a funky sewage smell in places.

18 days ago

One side of loop doesn’t allow cars and the other side only allows cars in one direction so it’s a very calming/peaceful walk, run or bike ride. Very flat except in one small/short area. Nice waterway views all along trail.

mountain biking
10 months 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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Very easy mainly a paved path.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Friday, June 10, 2016

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

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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

An easy, well-maintained trail that skirts the back bay. This is a GREAT but very popular trail - be advised! The best time to walk the trail is early in the morning - before 7:00am, which is when John Wayne Airport starts launching jets at a rate of around one every five minutes; the mornings are pristine. During the week, you'll run into people (like me) out walking their dogs in the mornings and evenings (unlike me, though, many don't seem to want to use the little blue crap bags to pick up after their canine companions). During the day the trails are virtually empty. Weekends on the back bay are different; there are TONS of people out walking, riding their bikes and jogging. There's no tree coverage, so - if you're planning on being out during the day - sunscreen and a hat are recommended. At night, the cold can come up pretty quick, so a light jacket is a good idea. There's a fairly steep downhill (or uphill, if you're coming back) at the start of the trailhead near Jamboree. Watch your kids, and be careful; the bike-riders seem completely oblivious that they're supposed to SHARE the trail; they seem to believe that rocketing through hikers is a good idea. Also, cars can drive the trail from the southern end to the trailhead near Jamboree. They're usually pretty good about driving slowly and admiring the flora and fauna. Just watch out for them; they outweigh you.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Nice stroll around the back bay. There is nothing like Newport on a mid 70s day with not a cloud in the sky and ocean breezes. Pretty much flat all the way around. Lots of birds and occasional dolphins and sea lions in the bay if you are lucky.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I dont know why everyone says it's all pavement..During low tide we hiked down to a path that takes you through the wetlands. it's a marked trail, it was beautiful.

nature trips
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fun marsh area, very scenic, many different levels of walking and many off trail options to explore

Monday, March 05, 2012

Best experience ever

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I live right down the street. This is not hiking. This is a walk on pavement. 5 star for bike riding, 4 for running, 3 stars as a walking path (lots of bike traffic) and 1 for hiking. Thus 2 star review. Parking was a breeze though :)

mountain biking
Friday, November 18, 2011

My first official bike trail. Beautiful views. Enjoyed it very much. It's about 35 min back and forth with bike.

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