Trails in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve


Access the Reserve Via 8 Different Trailheads 

  • Click on any trailhead to see rules/regulations  

Welcome to the 979-acre San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve - formed where Escondido and La Orilla Creeks meet the Pacific Ocean. 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, as do rare coastal dune and coastal sage scrub plants.

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