Harbaugh Seaside Trails

View from the Overlook at Harbaugh Seaside Trails (Photo by J. DeCelles)

Harbaugh Seaside Trails is a Pearl in the Oyster of SoCal Coastal Views.

Admire the ocean and lagoon at this open space park, located at the gateway of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Solana Beach. Harbaugh Seaside Trails is a place for contemplation and enjoyment, dog walking, and a gathering spot for stunning sunsets over the ocean. The location of this 3.4-acre seaside overlook is adjacent to San Elijo Lagoon, and creates an important buffer for protected wetland habitat.

Bird watching is exceptional from the elevated vantage point of the park, including Cassin’s Kingbird, Bewick’s Wren, and Cooper’s Hawk.

Positioned along the Pacific Coast Highway, it's a natural extension of the Coastal Rail Trail. Community citizens and supporters joined San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy to save this land from commercial development. The George and Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation gifted $1.1 million at the end of the public campaign, for which this park is named. Read more about George and Betty Harbaugh.

Plans are under way to create trails, a viewing deck, a welcome area with commemorative tiles and trail restoration and native habitat enhancement. In the meantime, the walking trails are open. These views are yours. 

Harbaugh Seaside Trails is highlighted in the yellow triangle. It is located on the east side of Scenic Highway 101 at the north end of Solana Beach, south end of Cardiff-by-the-Sea.


NOTICE OF CLOSURE ALONG RAILROAD: Build NCC Construction is under way for railroad double tracking. This part of the "trail" is marked off by construction fencing. Other areas of the property are open for visitation.

Harbaugh Seaside Trails currently features a main loop trail that is approximately 3/4-mile long. It begins from the Coastal Rail Trail in Solana Beach (via sidewalk) heading south, leading to the overlook of the sea and lagoon. The trails are not yet graded, but they are open for visitors. 


No onsite parking. Curbside parking is along side streets in Solana Beach west of Highway 101, beginning at Ocean Street (closest).


  • Walk, jog, or hike on established trails only
  • Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet. 


  • Off-trail access
  • Bicycles, motorcycles, and any vehicles
  • Smoking, fireworks, or camping/campfires
  • Collection of any plant, animal, or mineral
  • Feeding wildlife, or release of any animal
  • Fishing, hunting, or weapons
  • Litter and dog waste can harm wildlife. Please pack out trash.