Explore the most popular beach trails near Newport Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Well maintained trails that were pretty easy. This is a nice place for being in the middle of the city. There is no shade but the views are great. Not a great place if trying to get away due to location, traffic noise and airport noise but it was a great place to go to get out of the hotel room without fighting traffic.

This is a great trail for families because there is a paved trail you can walk on if you have strollers or wheelchairs. Dogs are allowed on a leash. You wan venture off the paved trails to add a little more difficulty to your hike but I would still say this is an easy trail and great for beginners. There are bikers you need to watch for if you're on the paved trails. The views are great here and you get cool ocean breeze.

hiking
1 month ago

I brought my dog for a walk here. The view is nice. There is a nice variety of plants and Wildlife to see. You can explore some cool, small spots that are a little off the trail which is fun. There are poop bag dispensers along the way. I did not give this trail five stars because of the planes that fly by all the time, loud streets near the trail and all the houses visible. But definitely worth going. Also, as someone mentioned in a previous review- I do not consider this a moderate trail.

If you live near the path it would be a great place to walk your dog. However, I will probably not drive here again, even if it's only from HB.

No shade. You can park in the lot off of Irvine or on the street along Jamboree which we had to do since it was OC Marathon Weekend. The planes over head were very annoying and so were the mountain bikers - too fast for an area like this.

Tip: sunscreen, a hat, and maybe some ear plugs.

Nice trail although I do not consider it “moderate”. It is an easy trail but fun

Nice easy walk!

This is a wonderful ride.

Nice place to go for a walk. Multiple trails and there is a info center

nice walking in the morning

easy flat trails with great views.

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

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

The bridge is closed. But a good path is closer to the water. If you do all the loops it will in zigzag fashion 6miles

Fun trail to walk or run. You can also take a ferry across the water ($1 for pedestrians, $1.25 for pedestrians with bikes, & $3 for cars) to Balboa Island for shopping, cafes/restaurants, and public beach access. Highly recommend stopping by Balboa Island if you do this trail.

One of my favorite go-to spots when I want some fresh air and walk my pup.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

very nice run or walk. No bikes allowed. Walk way is between beautiful homes and the ocean. The homes have gorgeous plants and scenery. There is also a small town to stop for food drinks or shopping!

Great hike with kids! There's basically 3 levels of hiking. A paved route, an easy dirt route and a slightly more challenging one with steps and inclines. Lots of wildlife, including rabbits, squirrels, lizards, birds and even a coyote. It's near OC airport, so even low flying planes overhead.

Good for a chilly day. No shade for hot days. Very crowded and not very scenic.

This was an easy trail. We were lucky that there was very little traffic. We took our soon to be 3 year old on this trail without any problems. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a peaceful day outdoors.

Beautiful. A walk more than a hike.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Easy, you can see the airplanes taking off from John Wayne airport.

Love the trail! Wish the bicyclists would keep it at 10 mph and give a passing side and number of cyclists in your group along with their bell ringing on the trail. When you're coming from behind I know which way to step and keep us all safe.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

The wedge pro bros are boss!

nature trips
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Very easy! Nice views and a nice variety of ecosystems to spot along the way. If you go down near the marsh area, definitely wear shoes you doing mind getting a bit mud on!

nice trail but way too much horse poo

walking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Beautiful scenery, gets LOTS of use. Nice steal for a lazy afternoon stroll.

Nice view and great for everyone --- kids and adults.

Very nice and safe trail from Irvine to balboa beach.

hiking
Thursday, September 17, 2015

An easy, well-maintained trail that skirts the back bay. This is a GREAT trail! 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.

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