Hike the Newport Beach Back Bay Trail

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Newport Beach Back Bay Trail is a 10.1 mile hike featuring an estuary, a marsh, and lots of scenic birdwatching. Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve is easily accessible from the Newport Beach area.

The Newport Beach Back Bay Trail features beautiful wildflowers and is open for use year round. Very minimal elevation gain makes this hike food for all skill levels, but be mindful of the distance. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on leash. 

Cooling sea breezes make this one of the few treeless trails that is hike-able in the summer months in SoCal. Keep your eyes peeled for birds, strange vegetation (cattails, bay laurel, and papyrus) and fossils. Great Blue Herons, American Egrets, and Snowy Egrets stalk the horizon. 

Street parking near the trailhead is free.

Photos: Ken Lund and Sergei Gussev


10.1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

547 ft Gain




Fitness, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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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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