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Back bay

Average Rating:    (2.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Its endurance and winding single track all sorts of stuff to bike on very fun all levels of riders sould go
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Latitude
33.87041555094183
Longitude
-117.94921875
Trail Directions
Trail Length
5-10miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Costa Mesa
   


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Review Date
April 19, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: toolbear ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Back Bay Trail - Newport Beach, CA.

They need to correct that map. The trail circles Upper Newport Bay down in Newport Beach, CA. The map puts you in Fullerton, many miles inland.

Go to Google Earth and enter: Newport Beach, CA, then zoom in and check it out. You can zoom in and overfly the whole thing.

They say University Drive goes across the top of the bay. Not! Dead end at the creek. Bike, ped, horse trail goes across the top.

It's a paved, fun for the whole family trail and sees a lot of bike traffic. Mostly road bikers in their suits of light. I ride parts of it three times a week for an after work/before dinner ride. There are a number of nice parks along the way.

You can park at the Back Bay Nature Center at Irvine and University and head in either direction. There is some bike lane on street riding and a lot of paved bike trails. At the top of the Back Bay you can head inland on the trails into Irvine on San Diego Creek, past UCI.

Parking, pitstops: Back Bay Nature Center and a pitstop/interpretive display across the bay at the Upper Newport Bay Eco Reserve. Lots of parking there.


Here are some URLs with data and maps...

The City of Newport Beach explains it better:



There are a lot of nice bike trails in the county. Here is a map. You have options. Great for after work.



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I like the ride up into Irvine along San Diego Creek because I can start at my front door.

For a short training ride I cut over and ascend Bonita Creek. Nice uphill climb. Check it out on Google Earth.

Been thinking of the ride up the Santa Ana River (paved bike trail). Park my van at Costco in Fountain Valley. The river is just behind it and you can hop on there and head upstream for miles or downstream to the ocean.



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Review Date
July 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Captain James Brock , from Mission Viejo

Summary:
Truly there is no valid dirt-riding here. There is however about 7 miles of paved trail on the east, north and south sides. Connects to the 10-mile Coyote Creek trail through Irvine. The vegetation is wasted, but the fish are jumpin. Not like the o;d days.

Recommended Route:
11-mile road loop around bay



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Review Date
March 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: Dan , from Costa Mesa

Summary:
Pick up the trail at Mac Arthur blvd and follow road & trails down to "The Dunes" Stay away from the other side (Irvine ave & Santa Isabel / Del Mar) You will be busted if the ranger or over zealous Newport police see you. Be aware of muck & cliffs. Especially in the area of Redlands & Irvine ave.

Recommended Route:
Try across the bay! Mac Arthur Blvd down Back bay rd!! Lots of different paths and trails, just be sure to watch for signs posted to closed areas. I've ridden this area since 1960 until about a year ago, always something different.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try the bluff area behind Estancia High school. Interesting sights and climbs & jumps etc etc. Go down Victoria to the park above the riverbed and park there. you can proceed down victoria to the base of the cliffs and follow the path(s) or ride the trail if you enjoy a good view of wildlife or a ride up to Fullerton or to the beach.



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Review Date
February 6, 2001

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

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Reviewed by: Steve , from Playa del Rey

Summary:
DON'T RIDE THIS TRAIL!

Recommended Route:
First things first, as someone who grew up in Costa Mesa and has spent alot of time at the Back Bay, THIS IS NOT A LEGAL RIDE. You know those signs with a bike inside a circle and a big slash through the middle of it? Well, that means that you can't ride here. The Back Bay is 1) an ecological reserve, 2) it's prone to serious erosion and 3) there are so many places to ride in Orange County, let alone So Cal that you don't need to ride here.



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Review Date
February 4, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mike , from costa mesa

Summary:
its in foot hills its perdy cool gota check it out of u missin out on a great trail

Recommended Route:
Hey im the guy who posted back bay trail but on 2\3\01 me and my freind went to whiting ranche that place kicks @$$ its for intermediate-expert if your a new bie its cool but just go slow

Other recommended trails in the same area:
whithing ranch kicks @$$ no doubt and about it



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