Hike the Newport Back Bay to a Sunday Brunch Picnic Sunday, August 11, 2019 9:00 AM

Sunrise to Sunset Hikers

ABOUT THE HIKE: This is a four mile advanced beginner hike along the bluff and wetland trails of the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. Part paved, part dirt, part single track, these trails all have magnificent views of the Newport Back Bay estuary that is home to over 200 species of birds. We begin at the Muth Interpretive Center trailhead heading east on a paved multi use trail and back to the Muth descending into the wetlands. This hike has 200 feet of elevation gain/loss as we ascend and descend the bluffs into the wetlands. Parts of the single track trail can be wet, muddy and slippery as we get up close to the water and the birds. We return to the Muth Interpretive Center with its stunning contemporary architecture and spectacular views of the preserve for our Sunday Bruch picnic in the amphitheater. Expect hiking time of two hours and picnic time of one hour - approximately. Dogs are not allowed in the wetland preserve, but are allowed in the upper multi use trails.

ABOUT THE PICNIC: We complete the hike in the parking lot and will be carrying our picnic items a hundred yards down to the Muth. The interpretive Center does not allow tables and chairs, so we will use the amphitheater upper tier for food and lower tiers for seating. Please bring food to share for the "bag brunch" potluck. BYOB (beverage) This is an alcohol restricted area, so we will exercise adult discretion. The Center and its restrooms will be open for our use.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 405 freeway, take the Jamboree exit heading toward the coast... turn right on Bristol Street North (one way)... turn left on Irvine Drive... turn left on University Drive... turn right into the parking area. This Back Bay parking area is free. There is additional street parking on University Drive. We meetup on the east side of the parking lot at the trailhead sign.

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 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.

Attending: 12

Muth Interpretive Center 2301 University Drive Newport BeachCA  92660