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BEGINNER: Talbert Nature Preserve, Costa Mesa (Dogs Welcome!)

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  • Canyon Park

    970 Arbor, Costa Mesa, CA (map)

    33.644112 -117.939476

  • Joel will be wearing a psychedelic shirt. Cell phone:[masked]
  • I cancelled this by mistake. Thanks to Ed for pointing this out.

    A pleasant walk through a nature preserve and along a river to the beach is the main feature of this beginner hike. We will enjoy a shady city park, a nature sanctuary in the process of restoration, salt marshes, a wide river, and a sunny beach at the edge of the ocean.

    We will begin at Canyon Park in Costa Mesa, minutes from Huntington Beach. Our route crosses the park into the Talbert Nature Preserve where we will enjoy a variety of natural landscapes. The trail will meet the Banning Bike Path along the Santa Ana River which we will follow to the sea. Depending on the tide, we will either wade under the Pacific Coast Highway Bridge or crawl for about a hundred feet through sand before we stop at Banning Beach before returning. We will take a different route through the Talbert Nature Preserve before returning to our starting point.


    Distance: The hike is about 4 miles long. It should take us about 1 ½ to 2 hours round trip.

    Difficulty: Easy. The trails are flat. Some are paved and others are dirt.

    Facilities: There are no facilities along this route.

    Gear: Good shoes, hat, a towel, and shorts. Swimsuit optional. (We will be wading at one point.)

    Pets: You can bring your dog! Leash is required.

    Post-Hike:  We will lunch at Alejandro's Mexican Food on the corner of Placentia and 19th Street.


    From the 55: Head south on the 55 to Victoria. Turn right. At Placentia, turn left. Turn left on 19th Street and right at the second stop sign which is Whittier. Turn RIGHT on Arbor and left into Canyon Park.

    From Huntington Beach: Head east on Hamilton. After Hamilton crosses the Santa Ana River, it turns into Victoria. Turn right on Monrovia, then left on 19th. Turn right at Whittier, then RIGHT on Arbor. Canyon View Park is on the right.

    We will meet at the trailhead next to the parking lot at the end of the road. It looks like this:


    Select hikes that are at your ability level-there is no sweep.

    Bring at least one bottle of water (16oz).

    Eat breakfast.

    Rain one day or less prior to hike might cancel the hike. Check the site the night before for news.

    Wait at each trail crossing or turn-off for the rest of the group and the organizer.

    Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes.

    Do not leave a fellow hiker behind without inquiring as to their condition.

    You are responsible for your own safety.

    Bring food, water, and a leash for your dog.


    Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

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