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Trails in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
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Welcome to San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, formed where Escondido and La Orilla Creeks meet the Pacific Ocean. Explore 7 miles of easy to strenuous 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 979-acre 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.
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY TRAIL CLOSURE ALONG I-5
On January 17 the lagoon trail just east of I-5 (indicated in red on map) will close temporarily as work begins for highway improvements in the North Coast Corridor (NCC) program. For the next few months east-west access linking the lagoon's trails under the I-5 freeway will not be possible. Crews will remove vegetation along I-5. Upon project completion, removed vegetation will be replaced with non-invasive landscape native to our region’s coastal zone.
For updates about the construction phase of highway and rail corridor improvements, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/BuildNCC. This work is not part of the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project, estimated to begin later this fall.
- Nature Center Loop Trail
- Annie's Canyon Trail (Update 1/17/17: Canyon trail closed due to rains thru 1/22/17. We will reassess trail conditions and update the closure status following the rain events. During and after periods of significant rain, the canyon trail is closed for safety. The overlook trail is open.)
- Dike Trail
- Harbaugh Seaside Trails
- La Orilla Trail
- N. Rios Trail
- Solana Hills Trail
- Santa Inez Trail
- Santa Carina Trail
- Santa Helena Trail