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.

16 days 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.

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.

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!

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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

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.

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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Mountains to Sea trail is an all-day hike or bike ride (it's MORE than an all-day hike if you're in a physical condition best described as "perfect for watching TV"). It winds from the mountains (duh) to Newport Beach, and includes parts of different trails, including a beautiful part of the Back Bay trail in Newport Beach. Some of the parts of the trail are beautiful, some are following a big concrete ditch under roads and freeways. It's a great way to get in shape, given the rising and falling landscape. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not keen on changing my shape; it took me 40 years to end up looking like this, and I'm happy with it. I've made my peace with it. This is a shared trail; you'll meet bikes, horses, walkers, joggers, people wandering around lost, and people walking their dogs. Watch out for the bikers; they're generally kinda rude and it seems that they think their tight goofy-looking pants entitle them to trail ownership (kind of the same way heavyset people in spandex think they own the whole trailer park). The difficulty rating changes; it can be easy or moderate depending on where you are. I'm marking this one as moderate mostly due to the length. There is virtually no tree covering, so make sure you've got sunscreen and a hat. A good pair of walking shoes is a must if you're going to tackle the whole trail.

Great hike at the marsh and also by the bay.

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