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Grab a camera and explore 7 miles of trails. (Photo: S. Hamilton)
Explore seven miles of trails in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.
Follow the whispers of butterflies and discover a place for contemplation and inspiration within nature. Breathe in the scents of coastal sages warming in the mid-morning sun and be delighted by surprise encounters with hundreds of animals that have made this place home, even temporarily during migration. You may see Southern mule deer in the eastern reserve, shore crabs along the edge of the lagoon, and a variety of resident and migratory birds. And all along the trails, wildflowers, woodlands, and densely-shrubbed hills splash the landscape with colors and fragrances to enhance your exploration of the reserve.
The reserve is accessed by eight trails. Each trail is considered easy to moderate. Expect to hike about 1.5 hours on most trails, though you can combine them for longer walks.
SOLANA BEACH TRAILHEADS
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TRAIL GUIDELINES & ETIQUETTE
All wildlife and natural resources are fully protected in the California state and county reserve.
Ensure your dog's safety, and protected wildlife, by reviewing Rules for Rover (PDF).
Remember that horses have right-of-way when sharing a trail with a pedestrian or runner. Learn about horses and trail etiquette at Safety Tips for Sharing Trails with Horses (PDF).
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, County of San Diego, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, are jointly responsible for protecting and enhancing the reserve's natural resources.Take away photographs and memories; leave only footprints.