Ridgway's (Clapper) Rail (Photo: H. Knufken)



  • East to La Orilla trailhead: 1.32 miles
  • West to Solana Hills trailhead: 1.36 miles

Enjoy one of the quieter trails for passage along Santa Inez trail, with easy access to inland trails. Spring ushers in a wildflower bonanza of brilliance and fragrances, evidenced in the abundance of Blue-eyed grasses, lupines, and wild hyacinth. Ample parking is located at the trailhead. 


Trails open daily from dawn to dusk
No restroom facilities on this trail

Google Map and Directions

From I-5 Southbound:

    • Exit Lomas Santa Fe
    • Left on Lomas Santa Fe
    • Proceed under I-5 and take first Left on Santa Helena
    • Left on Santa Rosita
    • Left on Santa Florencia
    • Left on Santa Inez


From I-5 Northbound:


    • Exit Lomas Santa Fe
    • Proceed directly onto Santa Helena (do not turn on Lomas Santa Fe)
    • Left on Santa Rosita
    • Left on Santa Florencia
    • Left on Santa Inez


Directions if coming via Lomas Santa Fe:


    • Coming east on Lomas Santa Fe: proceed under I-5 and take first left onto Santa Helena
    • Coming west on Lomas Santa Fe: turn right on Santa Helena, which is the last street before the I-5 N-bound on-ramp

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is owned and managed by: 


  • Walk, jog, or hike on established trails only
  • Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet
  • Equestrians are permitted on trails east of Interstate 5


  • Off-trail access
  • Bicycles, motorcycles, and any vehicles
  • Recreational water use, including SUPs, kayaks, canoes, or swimming
  • Any remotely piloted aircraft
  • Smoking, fireworks, or camping/campfires
  • Collection of any plant, animal, mineral, or cultural artifacts
  • Feeding wildlife, or release of any animal 
  • Fishing, hunting, or weapons
  • Litter and dog waste can harm wildlife. Please dispose properly in the provided receptacles.

  Killdeer (Photo: B. Wechter)