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.
dogs on leash
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.
Very easy mainly a paved path.
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
it was a nice little bike trail , not really for walking , I'd say but it was fun .
Great trail, but best enjoyed in early morning or late evening, since it can get crowded at times.
Great trail, but best enjoyed in very early morning or late evening, since it can get crowded at times.
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.
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.
I dono 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.
Fun marsh area, very scenic, many different levels of walking and many off trail options to explore