The 3 Most Scenic Running Trails in Newport Beach
There is no question that Newport Beach, California is home to some gorgeous scenery. With the sprawling canyon trails, peaceful Back Bay paths, and the sandy beach boardwalk, there are several places to start up your outdoor exercise routine! There should be no excuse for OC Locals to have to run on that dreaded treadmill when beautiful running routes are at our fingertips in a matter of minutes. Heres my personal top 3 favorite trails in Newport Beach that will have you out and at it in no time.
#3 Back Bay Loop
A popular route for bicyclists and long distance runners, the Back Bay Loop (as pictured above) is a beautiful 10.5 mile trail that spans the entire Newport Back Bay. The route takes you along the edge of the marsh, across and over the beautiful bridge of Pacific Coast Highway, and up through the wooden horse trail walkways. Portions of the Back Bay Loop are even part of the OC Marathon route that is completed by thousands of enthusiasts each year!
Pro tip: As you are running, make sure to stay to the sides of the pathway, as the road is shared with cars and bicyclists who travel at faster speeds!
#2 Bommer Canyon
Technically within the City of Irvine, the Bommer Canyon trails are located just past the University of California Irvine, off of Culver Boulevard and Shady Canyon Drive. Although it isn’t as close to the water’s edge as other local routes, Bommer Canyon and its varying gravel pathways are absolutely breathtaking. A luscious green in the Spring and a gorgeous amber in the Winter, the trails span up and across the entire canyon. Sure to provide a great workout with several winding uphill paths, Bommer Canyon is a must-see running location that is perfect for those looking to increase lung capacity and endurance!
Pro tip: Unfortunately, no pets are allowed on any the Bommer Canyon paths. So to avoid heartbreak and having to sacrifice your workout, leave your pups at home!
Bommer Canyon Trail Map
#1 Newport Peninsula Boardwalk
You can’t get better views than those along the Newport Peninsula Boardwalk. Not even a step away from the sand, the boardwalk is open to cyclists, runners, beach-goers, skate boarders and just about anybody who is in for a beautiful day at the beach. The concrete pathway begins on 36th street and Seashore Drive and expands all the way past both the Newport and Balboa Piers, ending at E Street and East Oceanfront. Along the three mile trail, you will find delicious seaside eateries, up scale beachfront homes and first hand views of the Pacific ocean. Frequented by beach cruisers, be prepared for a relaxing and slower pace long distance run that will allow you to appreciate the scenery and improve your endurance simultaneously.
Pro tip: Especially on the weekends, and during the warmer months, finding parking on the peninsula can be quite a hassle. Bring quarters with you in case you cannot find street parking and must resort to parking at the meters (which operate everyday of the week from 8 am to 6 pm)!
Boardwalk Trail Map
Happy running everyone!