Trails in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve



Access the Reserve Via 8 Different Trailheads 

Welcome to the 979-acre San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve - formed where Escondido and La Orilla Creeks meet the Pacific Ocean. Explore 7 miles of easy to moderate trails. Whether you are a runner, hiker, birder, equestrian, photographer or painter - the lagoon provides natural solace and recreation. Trails connect wetland habitats of coastal strand, salt marsh, freshwater/brackish marsh, riparian scrub, coastal sage scrub, and mixed chaparral.

The reserve is home to more than 700 species of plants and animals, many rare and endangered. While birds are the most prominent wildlife, species of mammals, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates depend on the lagoon.  

For trail descriptions and directions:     

Nature Center Loop Trail
Dike Trail
La Orilla Trail 
N. Rios Trail 
Solana Hills Trail 
Santa Inez Trail 
Santa Carina Trail 
Santa Helena Trail