Explore Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Explore Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Warner Avenue

Distance

4.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

121 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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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.

Distance

4.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

121 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

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