Talbert Nature Preserve
Welcome to Talbert Nature Preserve on the Santa Ana River bicycle trail.
Upon exiting the wooden bridge you'll go for a half a mile, then you'll see a sign pointing to the left for a long exit to Adams Street. You can also go right and then eventually you'll be heading over another bridge to the right, but that takes you over the Greenville Banning Channel, then if you make a left, you'll be heading toward the Northern part and just a short portion of the large Talbert Nature Preserve, from there upon entering you'll find a steep hill if you don't turn off, to hit the mid section.
If after crossing the channel, you make a right, you'll be going toward the Southern part of the Talbert Nature Preserve if you go through for a half mile, large Fairview Park is to the east of the entire preserve. The preserve still makes up the area going south back to Victoria/ Hamilton. There's also another park that goes half mile south of Victoria, but just on the other side of the river trail. At this point you'll be about a mile from the beach. You can continue back to the beach by going south, but you'll have to get off at the PCH bridge and go right, then get on the other side of the trail, by making a right, then going left to get to the beach or make a left to get back onto the trail heading north away from the beach.
According to the County of Orange, who owns the park, there is a North Talbert section that consists of 91.5 acres. The southern portion has 88.5 acres. There's a wetland zone in the southern section consisting of 14.8 acres.
The other five of the six zones in the park, that are specific to wildlife habitats are riparian woodland and mulefat scrub in the Alluvia Woodland zone is the most secluded of the six. Next there's an Intensive Use Area and then there's vegetation designed to screen the embankment and that maintains borders is the Border Planting zone. The Native Grassland is the largest zone. Gentle slopes and dunes make up the area that's considered destroyed from the result of civilization, makes up the Coastal Strand zone.
Some of the trail is asphalt, but most of it is dirt trails considering, the park is geared more toward hikers. For the most part it is a 2 mile loop around trail with lots of rises and declines.
If driving you can find the park at 1298 Victoria Avenue in the City of Costa Mesa.
Back to the river trail from talbert nature preserve
Eastern trail of talbert nature preserve
Another trail in talbert nature preserve
Separate bridge from north to talbert nature preserve
Southern trail in talbert nature preserve