OK GOT-OC Hikers.....I've been pushing you through the canyons lately, let's go do a nice, flat, 6 mile hike to the beach. It can be pretty cool and overcast on Sunday morning where we are going, so dress accordingly. We will be starting at Fairview Park and work our way through the nature preserve to the Santa Ana river trail, which we will take out to the shores of Newport Beach. We will be returning the same way we went out.
PLEASE NOTE - Meetup time is 8:30, and we step off at 8:40. If you are late I apologize in advance for you missing out.
Highlights: Nature Preserve, Grasslands, Wildflowers, Marsh Wetland Ecology, Beach Access Near: Costa Mesa, CA
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Hike Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Trail Condition: Fire road/pavement Hike
Type: Out and Back
Summary: Lovers of nature, beaches, dogs (six-foot leashes required), bicycles, and free parking-rejoice!-this easy hike beginning in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park has something for everyone to appreciate!! The hike begins along an asphalt trail parallel to the parking lot (travel north along the trail and downhill), and continues through the well-signed Talbert Nature Preserve, which features a variety of coastal and wetland flora native to Southern California. One can continue through the Nature Center (suggested trail is the one that stays to the east of the coastal shrub islands) to reach the Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail, which continues past a beautiful and seasonally bird-studded pond and on to the beach located just at the mouth of the river and at the border of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Use care when attempting to reach the beach by crossing underneath the PCH overpass (do NOTattempt to cross PCH!!). Retrace your steps to return to the Fairview Park parking lot.
Trailhead: From the 405 Freeway, exit south on Harbor Blvd. Continue south to Adams, turn right (west), and proceed to Placentia-turn left (south). The park entrance is located west of a stoplight (turn right into the parking lot). The hike begins on the paved asphalt trail-hike north, then follow the pavement downhill (west) to the Talbert Nature Preserve entrance-turn left, and stay on the trail left of the trail junctions. (Lat: 33.66325 Lon: -117.9391)
As usual, water and sun protection should be brought along. This is about a 6 mile trail that stays very flat out to the beach and back. We should be moving quick, so I expect this to take us about 2 hours with stops for photos and whatever else we may see.
Let's Get Out There, Orange County...and try out a new trail route.