Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Trail

Carlsbad, California 92008

Elevation Gain207ft
Trailhead Elevation18ft
Elevation Min/Max8/56ft
Elevation Start/End18/18ft

Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Trail

Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Carlsbad, California. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 18 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 207 feet. The Batiquitos Trail Parking is near the trailhead. The Batiquitos Trail Parking can be seen along the trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"Cool ocean breezes and glassy water that laps soothingly at the shore make this a refreshing hike for hotter days, and the trail is easy. Bring your children for an educational experience, including a visit to the nature center, where friendly guides enjoy sharing information."
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"Just beyond the placid north shoreline of Batiquitos Lagoon, white flecks of shell glint in the sunlight where the land begins to rise. Centuries ago, American Indians of this region gathered and consumed shellfish here. As generations of natives discarded the shell remains over thousands of years, their middens (refuse piles) grew in size and extent. Keep a sharp eye out, and you may see evidence of those middens today."
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Visitors (no bikes, though) are welcome to follow a path along the restored lagoon’s shoreline. It’s delightful to come here during early morning or late evening, when bird-watching is best; and it’s a good place to find a cool breeze during the warm spells of summer."

Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Trail Trip Reports

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Very pleasant walk along the marsh, a easy walk
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Very nice trail! Short but definitely sweet. The path is extremely well maintained and there's a great little nature interpretive shack along the way. We're fortunate that important ecosystems like this are being protected.
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What a wonderful discovery this was! It was a reasonable vertical challenge without the typical Southern California hiking crowds. The portion of the trail that passes through the trees and over the two bridges is fantastic, and there are great views of the canyon all along the trail.

Most of the way, one can look down to the parking area, and on this particular Saturday morning, we only saw one other vehicle pull in, and we never saw anyone else on the trail.

There is the added treat that along the ridge line, someone has cemented two very comfortable wrought Iron chairs on top of a boulder and provided a wooden stair case to gain access. The chairs provide a panoramic view to the North and were wonderfully cool with the breeze blowing over the ridge. I have no idea if the chairs are on private land, but there is a "welcome" mat at the bottom of the stair, so we considered them community property!

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