Hiking Around Solana Beach

Views of three hiking trails

You don’t have to go far to explore some great hiking trails in and around Solana Beach. Whether you are heading out for a jog, some bird watching or just need some fresh air, these three parks will satisfy your outdoor needs.

Nature Collective / San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and Nature Center

Nestled between Cardiff, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe, the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is peaceful and beautiful. From sunrise to sunset, explore 7 miles of easy-to-moderate trails and hike the quarter-mile, moderate-to-strenuous Annie’s Canyon Trail. Trails connect wetland habitats of coastal strand, salt marsh, freshwater/brackish marsh, riparian scrub, coastal sage scrub, and mixed chaparral. Sharp eyes will spot mule deer, Great Blue Heron, or California King Snakes. Kids will enjoy TRACK Trails, a nature-themed scavenger hunts to win prizes online.

San Dieguito River Park

Starting at the ocean in Del Mar, the San Dieguito River Park has more than 65 miles of trails. Trails are open year-round for day use free of charge and offer all levels of difficulty. Most trails are open to hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Our backbone multi-use trail – the Coast to Crest Trail – extends from the ocean at Del Mar to the San Dieguito River’s source on Volcan Mountain near Julian. About 48 miles of the planned 71 miles of the Coast to Crest Trail is completed. In addition, over 20 miles of auxiliary trails within the River Park are open. Auxiliary trails are not part of the Coast to Crest Trail, and may have limited use regulations which will be clearly noted.

San Dieguito County Park

Located just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Del Mar, San Dieguito County Park offers a variety of recreational activities including 5 miles of hiking trails, five playgrounds, a baseball field, a basketball court, a wedding gazebo, pavilions and picnic areas, and BBQs. Discover picturesque views from Activity Hill – complete with 10 fitness stations, three hillside ladders and lookout platforms, two suspension bridges, and two TRACK Trails for kids. Look out to see the coast and miles of north county communities. Look down to see large open lawns lined with mature trees and two tranquil duck ponds.

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