Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach

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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a nature reserve in the city of Huntington Beach, California. It is designated by the California Department of Fish and Game to protect a coastal wetland, with its resident threatened and endangered species. "Bolsa Chica" means "little bag" in Spanish, as the area was part of a historic Mexican land grant named Rancho La Bolsa Chica. The Reserve is also called many other names, including Bolsa Chica Lowlands, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and Bolsa Chica Wildlife Refuge.SettingThe Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve boundaries are Warner Avenue to the north, Seapoint Avenue to the south, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to the west, and residential development to the east.There are two small parking lots: the north lot southeast of the intersection of Warner and PCH, and the south lot on PCH across from the entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. The north lot contains the Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center. It is the starting point for the Mesa Trail, which leads to the overlook and rest stop at Mesa Point. The south lot is the starting point for the 1.5mi Loop Trail, which crosses a wooden bridge, passes two overlooks, and returns to the parking lot via a sand-dune trail paralleling PCH.The East Garden Grove Wintersburg Channel runs through the Reserve. Beginning in December 2007, flood control improvements were made by the County of Orange to reinforce the levees damaged in the rains of 2005 and protect the wetlands. In addition, the Newport–Inglewood Fault goes through the reserve.
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  • We recently decided to stop and view the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Easy walk on well marked paths. Bring your camera, a bottle of water, binoculars and comfy walking shoes. On your walk you will...  more »
  • We visited on a foggy Sunday morning in December and I was completely enchanted. A network of footpaths and bike paths lead through this large coastal wetland just across the Pacific Coast Highway (PC...  more »
  • I wanted to do my morning exercise outdoors and decided to stop after seeing here a million times. I loved it. It was beautiful with the ocean breezes was cooling as well as soothing. It was education...  more »
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  • Loved the place. It was my first time going. The people there taking pictures or out on walks and jogs were so friendly. Everyone was saying hello or good morning. The only downside is no bathrooms until you get back to the parking lot. I had to wait until I walked all the way back.
  • What a treasure! Great place for birds and viewing them. Also great trail for walking. Could use a few more interpretive signs.
  • We recently decided to stop and view the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Easy walk on well marked paths. Bring your camera, a bottle of water, binoculars and comfy walking shoes. On your walk you will be immersed in wildlife from the land, water and air. Take your time and enjoy.
  • One of the best places in the Los Angeles basin to see birds. The reserve has a number of trails that wind through the tidal basin area and they all are very exposed, so definitely bring a hat, sunblock and water for your time on the trails, because as soon as the fog burns off it warms up really quickly. You can see Royal Terns, Great Blue Herons, Great Horned Owls, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers and even some sea ducks like the Surf Scoter. The tidal area close to the ocean also has some awesome nudibranchs and other intertidal life.
  • It's well-maintained, safe, easy to walk, and FREE. Go visit it. See the birds. See the sunset. Walk the trail barefooted for earthing, grounding with the negative ions of Mother Earth--just watch your step a bit.
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