After we visited the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve yesterday, we continued to follow the coast southward on Pacific Coast Highway. At Newport Harbor, we turned inland and took a side road that follows the Upper Newport Bay. The road soon enters the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve.
Although not quite as large as the Bolsa Chica reserve, this coastal wetland is one of the largest in southern California. It too is renowned as one of the finest bird-watching sites in North America. The multi-purpose road (that is, hikers, bikers, and the occasional car) is a three-mile path that follows the bay to its far end.