Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve Loop

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Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve Loop is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newport Beach, California that features a river 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
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
180 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Estuary ecosystem, birdwatching, modernistic buildings, family hike Just about the only vivid shades of green that you will find during California's summer are to be found in the few remaining natural estuaries. The Irvine Coast Trail (ultimately linking UC Irvine by way of San Diego Creek) follows the north bank of upper Newport Bay providing intimate glimpses of a salt marsh ecosystem. Pickleweed and eel grass fill the low flats. Willows, sycamores, and invasive Brazillian Pepper (do not touch!) cover the ground between the dry coastal sage habitat (distinguished by its grasses, buckwheat, and, in some places, cholla cactus) and the salt marsh. Bring binoculars or spotting scopes for a good look at the rare California least tern, skimmers, Great Blue Herons, white pelicans, snowy egrets, and savannah sparrows. Fall brings the best variety of migratory wading birds and ducks. The scenery may not be the best, but the riot of nature that goes on year round makes up for it.

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nice walking in the morning

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easy flat trails with great views.

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1 month ago

I have directions for a nice 3 mile loop on HikingGuy dot com

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2 months ago

great place for a walk, a jog, a hike, a run.. everything!

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