SOLANA HILLS TRAIL


View from Solana Hills Trail

TRAIL RATING: EASY-TO-MODERATE

TRAIL LENGTHS (One-Way):

  • West to Pole Road: 1.42 miles
  • North/East to Santa Inez trailhead: 1.32 miles

SOLANA HILLS TRAIL
Popular with early morning trail runners for its steep ascents, this trail provides great views of the East Basin, and follows parts of Interstate 5. Wildflower enthusiasts and photographers will want to experience the fragrances and awe-inspiring palettes of sage, chamise, Fragrant Everlasting, White ceanothus, Yerba Santa, and Monkeyflower. An elegant Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry greets visitors at the trailhead. There is ample parking.

SOLANA HILLS BOTANICAL LOOP
Download Solana Hills Botanical Loop Map. You'll be able to identify native and non-native plants seen along the way with the accompanying plant guide. The plant guide was developed in partnership with California Native Plant Society (San Diego Chapter), and includes names and attributes of all the plants seen along this two-mile hike.

RESOURCE LINKS

TRAILHEAD CLOSED

Solana Hills trailhead is temporarily closed during Build NCC highway and railroad construction. To access Annie's Canyon Trail, use N. Rios Avenue Trailhead.

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Google Map and Directions

    • Exit Lomas Santa Fe off I-5
    • West on Lomas Santa Fe
    • Right on Solana Hills Drive
    • Turn right to stay on Solana Hills Drive 

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is owned and managed by:  

ALLOWED

  • 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

PROHIBITED

  • 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. 


  Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry