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Santa Ana River Bike Trail from Fairview Park

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Fairview Avenue Park

Santa Ana River Bike Trail from Fairview Park is a 6.1 mile out and back trail located near Costa Mesa, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 114 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

road biking

walking

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paved

Nature Preserve, Grasslands, Wildflowers, MarshWetland Ecology, Beach Access Lovers of nature, beaches, dogs (six-foot leashes required), bicycles, and free parking-rejoice!-this easy hike beginning in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park has something for everyone to appreciate!! The hike begins along an asphalt trail parallel to the parking lot (travel north along the trail and downhill), and continues through the well-signed Talbert Nature Preserve, which features a variety of coastal and wetland flora native to Southern California. One can continue through the Nature Center (suggested trail is the one that stays to the east of the coastal shrub islands) to reach the Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail, which continues past a beautiful and seasonally bird-studded pond and on to the beach located just at the mouth of the river and at the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Use care when attempting to reach the beach by crossing underneath the PCH overpass (do NOT attempt to cross PCH!!). Retrace your steps to return to the Fairview Park parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail. No shade but it was fun!

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

Loved it. Took the kids, one in my backpack, one in the stroller, was a breeze. We didn't head all the way to the beach (next time!) but even the not-quite-double-track loopback was easy-peasy on wheels. Heading back with my bike to check out the small offshoots and longer connects. Make sure you being a hat and sunscreen. Free parking. Enjoy!

bird watching
11 months ago

Best time to go birding here is during the winter, when gulls and ducks of multiple species congregate by the hundreds.

Great for a Sunday afternoon outing. From Huntington Beach to Angels Stadium and back.

hiking
bugs
muddy
Sun Mar 10 2019

Good route for kids and dogs

road biking
Sat Feb 09 2019

Nice trail with a straight shot to the beach. Great place to walk, jog, or bike ride.

mountain biking
Fri Apr 06 2018

Great road and easy. Highly recommended. Gorgeous view.

road biking
Mon Jan 30 2017

Road Biking

Sun Jan 29 2017

Great for walking dog and getting in shape for more difficult hikes. Also beautiful scenery.

road biking
Sat Jul 09 2016

Great trail for getting around OC.

running
Tue May 17 2016

perfect weather. earlier the better. lots of wildlife, greenery, etc. nice easy trail

hiking
Sun May 01 2016

Nice hike, nice wide trails. Kind of busy but good for a coastal city hike. Lots of cool river and pond views.

hiking
Wed May 27 2015

It was pretty cool didn't realize the marshy area was there! Great place for a easy walk

Sun Dec 08 2013

this is not a hiking spot its a park really I had a few bbqs here

mountain biking
Sat May 18 2013

I love this area especially Sheep Hills BMX area!

road biking
Sun Oct 09 2011

A nice little bike ride from san bernardino to the beach.

hiking
9 days ago

mountain biking
20 days ago

mountain biking
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road biking
1 month ago

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