Los Angeles: Bolsa Chica Wetlands Loop

This 5-mile loop meanders along coastal bluffs and into wetlands in the heart of one of the finest birding spots in the United States.
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This 5-mile loop meanders along coastal bluffs and into wetlands in the heart of one of the finest birding spots in the United States.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.9

Waypoints

BCW001

Location: 33.7117118835449, -118.061798095703

Cross bridge; trail starts on sandy bluffs above lagoon

BCW002

Location: 33.7051887512207, -118.053764343262

L @ 3-way; salty winds blow off the Pacific Ocean

BCW003

Location: 33.7041435241699, -118.052520751953

L @ 4-way; watch birds surfing winds @ lookout point

BCW004

Location: 33.7049674987793, -118.051055908203

R @ 3-way heading down hill; stay on main trail. Caution: many dead-end spur trails

BCW005

Location: 33.7069053649902, -118.051071166992

R @ 3-way; continue on main trail along the bottom of the bluff until reaching the edge of farmland

BCW006

Location: 33.7086982727051, -118.039733886719

R @ 4-way

BCW007

Location: 33.7085876464844, -118.037704467773

R @ bridge, once across, take quick R following the water canal back to the lagoon

BCW009

Location: 33.6997756958008, -118.045349121094

Cross the long boardwalk bridge; trail resumes across parking lot on R

BCW010

Location: 33.703540802002, -118.053413391113

Cross bridge; straight @ 4-way and proceed uphill

BCW011

Location: 33.7041091918945, -118.052520751953

L @ 4-way; follow the trail back to the car

BCW008

Location: 33.7029571533203, -118.050964355469

L @ 3-way, then an immediate L