Explore Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Trail is a 4.5 mile hike through the largest wetlands left in California. This hike is perfect for all skill levels.

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Trail is great for birding and wildlife viewing. If you want a longer hike, you can extend the mileage by heading down the riverbed trail. The trail is open year-round. Dogs are not allowed in Bolsa Chica. 

Bolsa Chica State Beach is easily accessible from Orange County and is near Huntington Beach. Just north of Bolsa Chica is Sunset Beach, with lots of great options for breakfast or lunch. 

The parking lot has been known to fill up fast, so get there on the earlier side. 

Photos: Ken LundRoger Howard and Chris Jepsen


4.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

121 ft Gain




Fitness, Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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Family Fun

Nothing strenuous, but just a great way to push the kids around and have a great few hours. There are educational signs telling you about the flora, fauna, and animals in the reserve and plenty of parking.

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