Explore Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

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Distance

4.5 miles

Elevation Gain

121 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by The Outbound Collective

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. 

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Great Stroll with the Fam!

The Ecological Reserve also known as the wetlands is across PCH from Bolsa Chica State Beach. The paths in the wetlands are stroller friendly, making it a good outing for the fam. Keep in mind, the reserve is not dog friendly. There is a gas station at the corner of Warner and PCH and a few places to get grab-and-go food in case you need to pick anything up.

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almost 3 years ago

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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Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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.

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