Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Huntington Beach, CA
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

There are two starting points: 1) at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy on Warner Ave or 2) the parking lot off of Pacific Coast Hwy.

  1.  The trail starts at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy at the Interpretive Center. They have some exhibits and small wildlife (hours are 9 am to 4 pm) and offer nature  programs (see for details). This is a great 1.5 mile out and back to the end of the bluffs section. The trail is dirt and can be navigated with jogging or off-road strollers. In the spring you can see tons of wildflowers, and rabbits, birds, and insects year-round. Kids usually like to play in the dirt and climb the fence/rails at each viewpoint.
  2. The trail head starting at Pacific Coast Hwy begins with a wooden bridge. This out and back trail is also 1.5 miles, and connects to the other trail if you want to make a longer hike. An off-road stroller is recommended for this trail as it consists of dirt and gravel. This trail has less brush and less likelihood of seeing rattlesnakes. Highlights of this trail include birds and ocean creatures (fish, crabs, stingrays). Kids love to peer through the slats of the bridge, play on a section of rocks/small boulders, and climb the hill at the turn around point.

No dogs allowed. Beware of rattlesnakes, they have been frequently spotted here during their mating season in the spring.

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Great for hot summer days (because it’s always cooler and breezy at the beach)!

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

My name is Nicole Dominick, and I’ve been hiking with Hike it Baby since May 2016 with my daughter. She is now 3 years old and has hiked over 400 miles! She has been carried for most of those miles, but we enjoy every journey. We were both born and raised in Southern CA but recently moved to Colorado Springs, CO.

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Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.