National Trails Day is celebrated the first Saturday in June to bring attention to the importance of maintaining our favorite hiking trails across the nation. Thousands of hikers, bikers, horseback riders and other agencies come together in partnership to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails.
You can host an event or find a local event by visiting The American Hiking Society website. If you live in Newport Beach or the surrounding area, there is a Clean Up event happening at Upper Newport Bay. The project will focus on cleaning trails, habitat restoration, pulling invasive weeds, and picking up trash.
Whether you are an expert hiker looking for a challenging trail or just a beginner, there are plenty of trails around Newport Beach to please everyone.
A beautiful trail to start with is…
Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon in Newport Beach, Ca. Surrounding the canyon is single-family residences, roadways, and the famous Pelican Golf Course. Buck Gullyencompasses about 1200 acres and includes portions of San Joaquin foothills. The reserve is open daily from dawn and until dusk and offers docent-led programs.
Next Stop is…Upper Newport Bay
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve is a 752-acre property consisting of salt marsh, mudflat, and marine habitats. There is a 5.2-mile loop that can be enjoyed by all skill levels. Walk along the river, enjoy the birds and wildlife that call this beautiful reserve home. Mudflats in the area provide a great loafing area for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. Nearby sheltered waters provide foraging, spawning and nursery habitat for marine fish.
Moving Right Along…Deer Canyon Loop
Deer Canyon Loop Trail is a moderate 6.9-mile loop trail located near Newport Beach, CA., near Crystal Cove State Park. Here you will find beautiful wildflowers in the Spring and stunning views all year long. The trails are kept in great condition. Great for hikers, runners, and bikers alike. There is very little shade along the trail, so bring extra water and stay hydrated.
Stop and Enjoy the Scenic Views
If you are up to the challenge, be sure to hike Crystal Peak Park Loop in Newport Beach and is part of the Cyrstal Cove State Park. The loop is approximately 6.8 miles long and offers stunning views of the mountains and ocean along the way. Runners, horses and mountain biking primarily use the trail.
These are just a few of the great trails located in Newport Beach. So whether you join an event to clean up trails or not, be sure to get out and explore some of the beauty that surrounds the area.