Leaving Huntington Beach, came across the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve off the CA-1 freeway. We seen a bridge from afar and thought this was a lake right across from Bolsa Chica beach. It caught our attention and we had to stop to check it out. Once we seen the sign of how much exploring there is here we were excited to take the time and walk around the area. Turns out this place is home to 200 avian species and has live nesting areas along a hike trail.
Parking is free and there are restrooms (porta potty) at the parking area. Restrooms are cleaned and maintained.
There are habitats surrounding the bridge were you can see salt marsh and mudflats. You will see a lot of people taking pictures at the bridge. It’s probably the best spot to really capture the views at the reserve. At the end of the bridge there is a large nesting area.
At the beginning of the hike you will find a rest area where I believe they conduct tours. Nice spot to hang out and have a snack.
Following the trail you will encounter more signs of nest areas and wildlife. The hike all the way to the end is a 4.4 mile loop and moderately trafficked and is flat. The atmosphere is peaceful and you can enjoy the wetland views. Make sure to take some old shoes because the hike trail is dusty. No dogs are allowed but it is kid friendly and great for a family adventure.
This place is a good spot to kill some time if you just need something to do on a nice day. You can always hit the beach after and catch the sunset.