Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Bolsa Chica tidal basin encompasses 1,300 wetland acres and 300 mesa acres between Seal Beach and Huntington Beach along the Pacific coast at the northwest end of Orange County. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a 557-acre protected wildlife habitat within the Bolsa Bay wetlands, which runs parallel to Bolsa Chica State Beach. The preserve, established in 1973, has inter-tidal mudflats, salt flats, salt marsh communities, ponds, grasslands, lowland dunes, two bird nesting islands, and flood control channels.
The area is located along the Pacific Flyway, a 2,000-mile migratory bird route between Alaska and Latin America. This hike begins near the Outer Bay and loops around the slough, passing interpretive panels and overlooks with benches for wildlife viewing. The route makes a long loop parallel to Highway 1. Directly across the highway is the state beach."