Trails in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

You are in one of San Diego's more diverse coastal wetlands

Trails are here for you. If you are a runner, hiker, birder, equestrian, photographer or painter - the lagoon provides natural solace and recreation. Trails connect wetland habitats of coastal strand, salt marsh, freshwater/brackish marsh, riparian scrub, coastal sage scrub, and mixed chaparral. 

The nearly 1000-acre reserve is home to more than 1,000 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.  


Several trails are temporarily closed as work is underway for highway and rail improvements and restoration enhancements in the
Build North Coast Corridor program

The Reviving Your Wetlands San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project began in December 2017 and is expected to be completed summer 2020.

For updates about highway and rail corridor improvements, please visit