Summary: An easy, short hike that the whole family can enjoy. The trail runs from Bonita Canyon sports park to Arroyo park and back. The beginning of the trail is steep, but opens up to an easy well maintained path. On the steep part of the trail is a small waterfall and a few small caves to the left. This hike can be done all year long as the proximity to the ocean keeps the area relatively cool. The area is a tributary into the Upper Newport Bay.
Trailhead: From 55 South, take 73 south and exit Mc Arthur. follow Mc Arthur and make a left on Bonita Canyon. make a quick right after the bridge and another right on Ford st. Park just past the sports field and before the phone company building on the corner. Trail starts on Ford st and heads north (Lat:33.61282 Lon:-117.86683)
Trail Guides for Bonita Canyon Corona Del Mar:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: City of Newport Beach 949 795-2381
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by David Muro, who has posted 7 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Viewer on 2/11/2011
Really just good exercise. Not really a hike. Small trail between two parks smacked between your ideal Newport housing communities with a random waterfall. The waterfall was beautiful if questionable as it is under a pass. A riverbed still streaming in some parts, dried up in others. Tall grass we were comfortable going through just because ours dogs were frolicking than alarmed. We left happy with the exercise but needing something much challenging
Reviewed by km on 5/31/2010
It wasn't so much of a hike and a nice walk
Reviewed by D on 6/7/2008
it is a local hike and on a side note this area used to me much better before the overpass, the 2 communites, et cetera moved in- also i believe the hike, round trip is less than a mile and not the 1.8 stated- it takes no more than 20 minutes to hike roundtrip and the trail on the steep side has eroded and become precarious to older persons
Reviewed by Marcie on 1/14/2008
ok it was hard to find but the walk was nice. I did enjoy the waterfall i even saw fish! good hike for beginners.
Reviewed by KT on 9/20/2006
Enjoyed the local flora, local guide Jules F. was very helpful
Reviewed by HN on 2/4/2006
Definitely not a hike. Very disappointing, since the falls is polluted. It's really just a stroll under street overpasses.
Reviewed by Viewer on 9/3/2005
This is just an "OK" stroll through Newport neighborhoods. However, a better nearby hike might be the Turtle Rock-Concordia hike that follows the ridges through those areas of Irvine, and offers excellent views of Bonita, Shady, and Bommer Canyons, the San Joaquin Marsh, along with city views of central Orange Cty and the Santa Ana Mtns., as well as great sunset views of Santa Catalina Island. Park in Turtle Rock neighborhoods near Bonita Canyon School for access.
Reviewed by Justin on 6/19/2005
Trail is too overgrown.
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