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Newport Bay Nature Preserve Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A "get off the streets" paved trail.


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Map Key

10.4

Miles

16.8

KM

100%

Runnable

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.

Runner Notes

This is a paved trail, but there are horse trails that border along the north side of the preserve so you can make it a bit more on trail if you would like.

Description

This is a great run in this part of the city, not far from the airport. If you're in town on a long layover, get out there and run 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 run 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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  3.9 from 11 votes

#3041

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  3.9 from 11 votes
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Photos

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

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Jun 25, 2019
Sara Martinez
Mar 2, 2019
Chelsea Duong
10.4mi
Jan 4, 2017
Tomas Marentes
Ran it in the opposite direction from last time. Great weather! 10.5mi
Dec 29, 2016
Tomas Marentes
Great run! A lot of beautiful views and a fun loop. 10.5mi
Oct 30, 2016
Omar Pelcastre Cabrera
I'm an beginning runner and this trail was a perfect introduction to longer distance routes. 10.5mi