Explore the most popular birding 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.

1 day ago

The Buck Gully Trail leading to the Bobcat trail was very cool. The gully was very green with a small river and we saw some bunnies. Also some very pretty flowers. The hike to the top of the bobcat trail was steep but the view at the top was pretty nice.

Free so I can’t complain. Some elevated portions, overall easy

Trail was easy enough to hike. There were some uphills that made for a nice workout, but the very end of the trail led was a little disappointing. We hiked up a steep hill to the very top to be greeted by a view of houses and not much else. The bridges, creeks and trees on the way were nice though. Lots of shade.

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

18 days ago

This was a great little hike. I would have given it five stars but I still could see houses the whole time. Some shade and lots of mountain bikes!

This is not a hike and I have no idea where the photo was taken for the title slide. The ENTIRE hike is a paved sidewalk through an upscale neighborhood. Very nice if you’re walking your dog or your baby stroller, but can hardly be described as a hike/trail. Be warned!

It’s moderate to hard, great workout due to all the hills.

Nice easy walk!

This is a wonderful ride.

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

2 months ago

Great work out. This loop has a lot if great hills to climb. Poles Trail is a bitch! Lol.

Not sure why it says $15 to park above-this is the back way to El Moro and you just park on street free.

2 months ago

It's a little too easy but I brought someone who is not an experienced hiker & this was perfect. You can get in at least 5 miles & there is hardly anyone on this trail.

Great hike. Took about 2 hrs round trip. It’s actually more than 4.5 mi. A little over 5 mi. according to our calculations. Some views, some shade, a nice stream, a few bridges. Nice variety.

3 months ago

We had hiked Crystal Cove a few times and enjoyed it. I did a quick google search and came across this one and I had never heard of it. We parked on San Joaquin Rd., our total hike was 4.9 miles. We were pleasantly surprised with the shade that the nearby hills and the trees provided...about half the hike was shaded. It was great to hear the water running...we were curious as to the origin of the water. The sound of the birds added to the experience. A downfall would be the narrow paths that you have to share with mountain bikers. It was awesome to see the view of the Pacific toward the end of our hike. Overall, it was a pleasant hidden gem.

I guess how you feel about this place depends on how you plan to use it. Could be fun on a bike (track bike) since it is all paved and don't have to worry about lots of traffic. Could be good for a family with young kids since and a stroller would be feasible. Could be good for joggers. I went with my dog to hike and there are no dirt trails, there is excessive debris in the water/plants and there is a funky sewage smell in places.

3 months ago

Easy trail with kids

One side of loop doesn’t allow cars and the other side only allows cars in one direction so it’s a very calming/peaceful walk, run or bike ride. Very flat except in one small/short area. Nice waterway views all along trail.

3 months ago

Beautiful quiet trail. Has shaded areas, not much elevation gain, beautiful views of bridges.
Will be back again. #52hikechallenge

One of my favorites. Great views of the ocean.

4 months ago

Great place to camp overnight.

Cool trail. Be in shape! Says mtn bike but we saw some strugglers! Narrow and rocky parts. Head towards beach first instead of along 73.

Absolutely love this trail , cool shady and verily easy , not really a hike but a great workout !

4 months ago

A quick and easy walk. Not much challenge to it. Nice little creek to have a picnic at on it.

5 months ago

Free parking at the park across the start of the trail.

nice walking in the morning

easy flat trails with great views.

6 months ago

Love this trail.

This is a fantastic cool-weather workout hike! Totally exposed trails through sagebrush hills with sweeping ocean views all the way to Catalina and Palos Verdes. If you follow the loop on here going down (and then back up) the Ticketron Trail, be warned that the inclines will be a *workout*, especially for beginners. For an easier hike, stick to just the ridge trails. With easy street parking and no entrance fee, you definitely want to try this one out!

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