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September 30, 2006

Back Bay View Park Bike Trail

A lot has happened around the Upper Newport Back Bay, in Newport Beach, Ca., since I wrote about a bike ride I took that included the north, and south, trails, in 2003:

The South Trail became the last leg of the 1st Mountain to the Sea Trail.

There is new talk about extending the north trail further south, and west, from its current west end.

And in 2005 a new Park, with a short Bike/Pedestrian Trail opened, overlooking the Bay, at the corner of Jamboree, and PCH (  Pacific Coast Highway  ).

Bbvp_pic3 The main Park trail goes from the intersection, NE into the park, then left to the sidewalk along PCH, nearby.

At the point in the Park, where the overlook of the Bay is best, there are places to sit down, and a Plaque with a bit of history about these few acres of land.






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The view is just spectacular on a clear day as one looks at the part of the Bay that is close to 2 hotels, boaters, an RV Park, and a Trailer Park.






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Just beyond the Plaque is where the Trail goes down toward Back Bay Dr.








It passes a new Apartment complex, and also, on its right connects with a short trail that can be taken north between the RV Park, and the Cliff, with PCH above (  You come out to a street next to the Trailer Park, turn left, and reach PCH. ).

The Plaque has a historical note about the trail up/down the hill:

The Trail up the hill follows a roadway that was graded in 1907 when Back Bay Dr. went up thru THIS site.

It was the 1st roadway access to the then new Corona Del Mar Village.

As I wandered around the site, the other day, cyclists were going up, and down, the trail taking advantage of the great new way to travel between the Back Bay Trail, and PCH.

A guard at the entrance to the RV Park/ Boating Area told me the new trail, and the trail behind the RV Park, combine for about a 1/2 mile of trail.

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looks like an amazing place to cycle

tom

Posted by: Tom Amos | Oct 1, 2006 8:02:10 AM

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