Tag Archives: Newport’s Back Bay

Castaways Park Loop

NEWPORT BEACH

Activity: Day Hike, Scenic Views

2.5 miles, elevation change 30’, 1 hour duration, rated Easy

A nice little hike with some scenic views of Newport Harbor. I started this hike with my friend Adam. I think in all the hikes that I have done with Adam he has finished like only a couple. First of all, he is really not a hiker, I have to say. Secondly, he is easily distracted with long stops for photos, and to smell the roses, so to speak. Heaven forbid if he should run into tourists. He quickly becomes a tour guide and will spend an exorbitant amount of time filling them in on all the ‘Must Do’s’ in the area. “Have you been to Pirates Cove?” If he sees anyone taking pictures his first question is would you like me to get a picture of both of you? At that point they should just run, because otherwise the one quick pic becomes a complete photo shoot and he is posing the entire family. So I just shake my head and continue on the hike. That Adam is a real character, to say the least.

But I digress, back to the Castaways Park Loop Hike. We started the hike in the parking area almost under the bridge on PCH then headed towards Back Bay along the little sandy beach with the bluff above. The hike then goes up the steep bluff. Once on top there are sweet views of Newport Harbor and the Back Bay. There is a pedestrian byway along the back of expensive homes and the bluff which leads to Castaways Park.

The park has some grassy areas, and then some fantastic tributes to the US Marines. There is signage regarding the foliage and also information on the history of the park and area. From there I just wound down the hill and made my way back to the car in the lot near the bridge, because of course I lost Adam along that sandy beach at the very beginning, lol.

Newport Beach Harbor leading toward the Back Bay with famed Fashion Island in the distance.

Thanks for joining Adam and I while ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’, well… we were pursuing that balance together for at least a good five minutes, before Adam stopped to examine something or other, lol. Stay in touch with us by these simple moves: COMMENT, LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW. If you go up to the menu you will get some great ideas for your own chance for that balance that we speak so fondly of between the busy, hectic, craziness of our everyday lives to a more stress free, harmonious existence through adventures in nature. The locations you see in the menu are all separate websites and thus need to be FOLLOWED independently. Please pick up a top quality, high performance PBTA hat or a shirt, that will help support this website, at SHOP APPAREL .

Happy Trails,

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Back Bay Hike

UPPER NEWPORT BAY ECOLOGICAL RESERVE LOOP

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Activity: Day Hike

Date: 11-1-19

Distance 5.25 miles, 60’ elevation gain, 2.5 hours, rated Easy

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve Loop is actually over a 10 mile hike. I hiked half of the loop on this day and I hiked the other side of the bay about 6 weeks earlier. It was a very pleasant outing and a nice way to appreciate nature. The sky, the bay, the marsh, the birds… very enjoyable and a good way to get some miles in and bask in the sunshine.

I started at the Trailhead that you see on the map I have enclosed in this posting. The roadway is shared by vehicles in one direction, and bikers, joggers, and walkers in each direction. Heading in a northerly direction along the bay it is not long before you come across Big Canyon Trail, which is a nature walk within a hike. Along the Big Canyon pathway you will have plenty of educational signage to learn about the bay, the vegetation, birds, as well as the the watershed.

The later part of the hike you will gain some elevation as you head up to Vista Point, which is about the top of the bay and the top of the loop. I retraced my way back enjoying a nice afternoon and a lovely couple of hours of so.

Two blackbirds harass a large bird of prey. Two against one but he is much bigger, not sure if it is such a good idea.
“Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.”

Thanks for joining me on this little jaunt at Newport Beach’s Back Bay, the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve is for the birds, literally. If you are a birder than you will love this place as thousands of birds migrate through this reserve. If you aren’t you will enjoy the exercise, the gentle breeze, the bay and the day. Please COMMENT, LIKE, SHARE, and FOLLOW. Also checkout the menu above as there are many places to explore that will get your adventure juices flowing. Please note that they are all separate sites and thus must be followed independently.

Happy Trails,

Roger Jenkins, Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve loop

Newport Beach

Activity: Day Hike

Date: 9-17-19

Distance 5.2 miles, 230’ elevation change, 2.5 hours hiking time, rated Easy

The Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve Loop is a nice way to spend a morning or afternoon. It is a great outing for those in the area, a way to stretch your legs, get some miles in, train for more aggressive hikes, and just to get out doors in some open space. On the bluffs surrounding much of Newport Beach’s Back Bay are nice homes, so you certainly are not out in the wilderness, which is what I enjoy the most, but like I said it is great for a local, easy, nice stroll along the back bay, saltwater marsh, mudflat, upland tidal area with it’s ebb and flood.

Some of the path is roadway, other parts are trail. This area is enjoyed by cyclists, joggers, hikers, bird watchers and even some horse lovers. Everything is well marked, and there are informative signs along the way on birds and wildlife, the area and it’s importance, and natural flora.

Along this route is the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Interpretive Center which is definitely worth a look.

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau 

Thanks for joining me ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ Orange County Hiking as I unwind with a delightful walk along Newport Beach’s Back Bay. If you are looking for great little hikes in the OC this is the place to be, no matter if you just want to get outside, or if you are training for an upcoming epic adventure in the wilderness. If you look at the menu above you will see that there are many areas of the West for you to checkout. Even though they are all PBTA sites they all need to be FOLLOWED individually. Speaking of which please FOLLOW, LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE, and if you are going to be out in nature, working out or even just lounging you will need apparel for that. Check out the ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ SHOP APPAREL site for top quality logo gear which will help support this endeavor of finding one’s self through impactful adventures in nature and find some balance in your life to counter act the crazy work a-day world in which we live.

Happy Trails-

Roger Jenkins, Pursuing Balance Through Adventure