Hike This: Upper Newport Back Bay Nature Preserve

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A few weeks ago, we got up early and headed down to Newport Beach to meet some friends for a pre-brunch hike around the Upper Newport Back Bay Nature Preserve.

With the great weather in Southern California, this is a year-round hike but it may be subject to the OC Parks’ 3-day closure rule after it rains so plan ahead if you are thinking of including this hike in your winter or spring plans — call ahead if you are concerned.

Newport Back Bay Preserve Hiking Trails - Campfire Chic

Alex and I parked on the street (be sure to check the signs in the area for parking restrictions) and our friends parked in the free dirt lot adjacent to the interpretive center. This is a popular local hike, so be prepared to get to the parking lot early in the morning otherwise you may need to park further away or not find parking at all on weekends and holidays.

Newport Back Bay Upper Preserve Hiking Trails - Campfire Chic

Upper Newport Back Bay Preserve - Campfire Chic

There is a network of trails that begin from this parking lot so be sure to consult the maps at the trailhead for information on where it is okay to walk. You may also come across signs asking you to stay out of previously used areas for habitat restoration.

If you live in the area and you have family visiting from out of town, I highly suggest taking them on the walking trails here. The views are spectacular and many of the trails are family-friendly enough that younger hikers can make their way without much trouble.

If you have a dog, be sure to bring doggie bags with you and to keep an eye out for signs asking you to please keep your pet out of certain areas. This is a nature preserve, after all!

Resources for planning your hike around the Upper Newport Back Bay Nature Preserve



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  • Amy February 3, 2016, 6:41 am

    Trails are pretty much never closed after rain at UNB…

    • Kam February 3, 2016, 6:58 pm

      Thanks for the update, Amy! I wanted to include the disclaimer just in case the trails are closed when a reader visits since quite a few of the other OC Parks are subject to the rain closures. I’ll update the post to encourage readers to call ahead of time if they are concerned. Thanks :)

  • Anna February 5, 2016, 6:54 am

    My sister lives in Newport Beach and we hiked around the preserve when I was there last Christmas. I loved it and hope to make it back soon.

    • Kam February 5, 2016, 3:16 pm

      The weather was perfect around Christmas, too! It’s such a beautiful area, I hope you get to come back soon :)


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