Hike the Newport Beach Back Bay Trail

Hike the Newport Beach Back Bay Trail

Rate this Adventure North Bayside Drive

Distance

10.1 Miles

Elevation Gain

547 Feet

Activities

Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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

Community Photos

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

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Distance

10.1 Miles

Elevation Gain

547 Feet

Activities

Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Stand Up Paddle around Balboa Island, Newport Beach

Adventure

Bodysurfing and Photography at The Wedge

Adventure

Catch a Sunset at Newport Pier

Adventure

Boulder at Pirate's Cove

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

how-to

Experience Van Life Without Cashing In Your 401k!

Hit the road and sleep in comfort on your next adventure without breaking the bank!

travel

10 Reasons Why Guides Make Adventures Better

Let the experts lead the way.

skiing

An Introduction To Ski Touring

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the backcountry and untracked powder.

More Stories