Agenda Discovery Week Month

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BEGINNER: Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Sunrise to Sunset Hikers
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Dec 02 7:30AM - 9:30AM

The Bolsa Chica (Little Purse or Pocket) wetlands are an important breeding ground for birds and a nursery for fish. They are but a remnant of the vast marshes that covered this part of Orange County before development. At 1,449 acres, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary.

Our walk will take us from a quiet Huntington Beach neighborhood down Freeman Creek, along the estuary to an island where many seabirds roost, across a bridge, and then back by way of a dam to our starting point. Those who wish to go on can continue along a loop that passes the Cog Wheel archaeological site and Warner Pond.

This is our summer alternative to the San Joaquin Marsh hike with similar trail conditions and a fresh breeze blowing off the ocean.

DETAILS

Distance: The hike is from 2 to 5 miles depending on where you decide to stop. The full hike will take from 2 to 2 hours.

Difficulty: This is not a difficult hike, comparing favorably to our San Joaquin Wildlife Refuge hike. Though the route is unshaded, we should enjoy a consistent breeze from the ocean.

Facilities: There will be a restroom stop about half way through the first loop. There are no facilities at the trailhead.

Gear: Good shoes, hat, and some snacks. As on all hikes, water is essential. Binoculars may be helpful for those wishing to observe the birds. A camera can be fun.

Pets: No dogs.

DIRECTIONS

Do not use Mapquest to find the trailhead it will lead you to another entrance about a mile across the wetlands.

From the 405, take the Goldenwest/Bolsa exit. Proceed west on Bolsa to Bolsa Chica Road where you will make a left. Follow Bolsa Chica Road south. About five blocks south of Warner, Bolsa Chica Road makes a sharp right and turns into Brightwater Drive. Park along Bolsa Chica Road and look for Joel at the trailhead (wearing a psychedelic t-shirt.)


HIKE GUIDANCE:

Select hikes that are at your ability level-there is no sweep.

Bring at least one bottle of water (16oz).

Rain three days or less prior to hike might cancel the hike. Check the site the night before for news.

Wait at each trail crossing or turn-off for the rest of the group and the organizer.

Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes.

Do not leave a fellow hiker behind without inquiring as to their condition.

You are responsible for your own safety.

Sorry, no dogs on this trail.

DISCLAIMER:

Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

How to find us:Joel will be wearing a psychedelic shirt next to the kiosk. Cell phone: 949-683-9211

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