Back Bay Loop Trail

Newport Beach, California

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Back Bay Loop Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Newport Beach, California. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 65 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 37 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. Along the trail there are viewpoints and a wetland.
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Back Bay Loop Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Newport Beach, California. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 65 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 37 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. Along the trail there are viewpoints and a wetland.
Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Newport Beach
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trailhead Elevation: 65 feet
Top Elevation: 65 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Back Bay Loop Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 28/65 ft
Elevation Start/End: 65/65 ft
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Back Bay Drive follows the east shore of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, where the ocean’s salt water mixes with the nutrient-rich freshwater from San Diego Creek, the Santa Ana Delhi Channel, and various side streams. The 752-acre wetland is the largest remaining estuary in southern California and one of the finest birding sites in North America.

This hike follows the paved Back Bay Drive, a multi-use road for hikers, bikers, and occasional one-way vehicles. The road hugs the east edge of the wetland sanctuary along the base of 100-foot eroding sandstone cliffs.

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