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Newport Bay Nature Preserve Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A "get off the streets" paved trail.


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10.4

Miles

16.8

KM

Loop

90' 27 m

High

7' 2 m

Low

182' 55 m

Up

181' 55 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

Overview

This is a rolling paved trail that basically circles the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. On the north side, you do have some options for horse trails to give you a bit of a true trail experience. You do spend a bit of time on the streets to complete the loop, but it's a small price to pay for a great loop.

Need to Know

Since it does go through some residential areas, there are some places to stop. Plus you can stop at one of the two nature centers along the way--they have water, too.

Description

This is a great hike in this part of the city, not far from the airport. If you're in town on a long layover, get out there and hike this, or at least a part of it. It is very well marked and follows the edges of the nature preserve, which makes it a great place to get off the city streets. This hike gives you views, trails, and wonderfully smooth paths. It can get a little tricky through the streets, but if you just hug the preserve, you'll do just fine.

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Peter Magnuson

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  4.0 from 12 votes

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Keep your eyes and ears out for bikers as there are quite a few.
Jun 8, 2015 near Costa Mesa, CA
looking out over the water.
Sep 2, 2019 near Costa Mesa, CA
Nice rolling trail
Jun 8, 2015 near Costa Mesa, CA
A quick break enjoying the view
Sep 2, 2019 near Costa Mesa, CA

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Oct 10, 2021
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Nov 24, 2019
Alexandra Papoutsaki
Mar 4, 2018
Karin Erickson
Beautiful day for this hike. However the stretch of Irvine Ave was a real downer! 10.4mi