Best Trails Near Encinitas CA

Encinitas has 11 trails in the vicinity, including 10 hiking trails and 1 for fishing. These trails range from 0.5 to 3.5 miles in length. The longest trail in Encinitas is Cardiff State beach to San Elijo State Beach, Sea Cliff Park, and Swami's Beach a well-known trail measuring 3.5 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Batiquitos Lagoon, Moonlight State Beach to Beacon's Beach, Cardiff State beach to San Elijo State Beach, Sea Cliff Park and and Swami's Beach. Trails.com member Dusti B. recently completed Beacons Beach to Moonlight Beach.

More information on the best trails in Encinitas can be found below.
  • Manchester Reserve

    2 Reviews

    Encinitas, CA

    One of Encinitass newest reserves, this oasis in the middle of town offers a brisk hike with a chance of wildlife sightings. The reserve is embraced by houses on three sides, with the lagoon ...
    •  1hour
    •  2.1 miles
    •  Guide

    One of Encinitass newest reserves, this oasis in the middle of town offers a brisk hike with a chance of wildlife sightings. ...

  • Swami’s Beach

    0 Reviews

    Encinitas, CA

    Sheer cliffs and well-formed waves; ideal for surfing and beachcombing.
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Sheer cliffs and well-formed waves; ideal for surfing and beachcombing.

  • Del Mar / Encinitas

    0 Reviews

    Encinitas, CA

    Remnants of the old coast highway, U.S. 101, between La Jolla and Carlsbad connect several small coastal communities, with Del Mar in the south, Encinitas in the north, and Solana Beach, a city ...
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    Remnants of the old coast highway, U.S. 101, between La Jolla and Carlsbad connect several small coastal communities, with ...

  • San Elijo Reserve Nature Center Trail

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    Encinitas, CA

    This short, easy trail takes you through key ecological areas within the reserve for views of nesting waterbirds, grassy marshlands, and quiet woods. The tour begins at the LEED Awardwinning ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This short, easy trail takes you through key ecological areas within the reserve for views of nesting waterbirds, grassy ...

  • San Elijo LagoonRios Avenue Trail

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    Encinitas, CA

    This hike explores the basin between I-5 and the railroad tracks, which are no longer functional. The trail is your best bet for seeing birds come home to roost during the twilight hours. The ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike explores the basin between I-5 and the railroad tracks, which are no longer functional. The trail is your best ...

  • San Elijo LagoonLa Orilla Trail

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    Encinitas, CA

    This remote part of the San Elijo Lagoon takes in the eastern end of the wetland and the watershed that feeds it. Sandy trails merge into packed dirt to wander among towering eucalyptus trees ...
    •  2hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This remote part of the San Elijo Lagoon takes in the eastern end of the wetland and the watershed that feeds it. Sandy trails ...

  • Beacons Beach to Moonlight Beach

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    Encinitas, CA

    This hike between South Carlsbad and Moonlight State Beaches offers towering cliffssometimes into remote covesand broad stretches of white sand that blend into the distinctive shoreline that ...
    •  A leisurely 2 hours
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike between South Carlsbad and Moonlight State Beaches offers towering cliffssometimes into remote covesand broad stretches ...

  • Batiquitos Lagoon

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    Encinitas, CA

    This 3.2-mile hike runs along the northern section of a 610-acre lagoon and ecological preserve located in Carlsbad, California. Birders can expect to find great blue herons and snowy egrets ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This 3.2-mile hike runs along the northern section of a 610-acre lagoon and ecological preserve located in Carlsbad, California. ...

  • Swami’s

    0 Reviews

    Encinitas, CA

    Swami’s is a small sandy beach located just below the cliffs of Encinitas. It’s a nice point break that creates shapely hollow rights. How does a surf break get a name like Swami’s? It comes ...
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    Swami’s is a small sandy beach located just below the cliffs of Encinitas. It’s a nice point break that creates shapely hollow ...

  • Cardiff State beach to San Elijo State Beach, Sea Cliff Park, and Swami's Beach

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    Encinitas, CA

    From Cardiff State Beach, at the mouth of San Elijo Lagoon, to Swami’s Beach is a 1.7-mile stretch of cobblestone and sand beach backed by 80-foot jagged cliffs. San Elijo State Beach lies between, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    From Cardiff State Beach, at the mouth of San Elijo Lagoon, to Swami’s Beach is a 1.7-mile stretch of cobblestone and sand ...

  • Moonlight State Beach to Beacon's Beach

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    Encinitas, CA

    The hike from Moonlight State Beach to Beacon’s Beach follows a 1.4-mile stretch of bluff-backed coastline. The beach strand lies between Encinitas Boulevard and Leucadia Boulevard in the town ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The hike from Moonlight State Beach to Beacon’s Beach follows a 1.4-mile stretch of bluff-backed coastline. The beach strand ...