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

Encinitas, California

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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, connecting the small coastal community of Cardiff-By-The-Sea with Encinitas. The state beach has a developed campground lining the bluffs. Wooden stairs lead from the campground to the shoreline. Swami’s Beach is a popular surfing spot. Atop the bluffs at Swami’s Beach is the Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage Grounds, a 17-acre retreat founded in 1937 by Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda. The cliffside meditation garden has flower-lined tiled pathways, tropical foliage, waterfalls, serene ponds with koi, and oceanfront overlooks. On the south side of the sanctuary is Sea Cliff Park (also known as Swami’s Park), a blufftop park with a grassy picnic area and overlook. A long stairwell leads down the cliffs to Swami’s Beach.

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"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, connecting the small coastal community of Cardiff-By-The-Sea with Encinitas. The state beach has a developed campground lining the bluffs. Wooden stairs lead from the campground to the shoreline. Swami’s Beach is a popular surfing spot. Atop the bluffs at Swami’s Beach is the Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage Grounds, a 17-acre retreat founded in 1937 by Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda. The cliffside meditation garden has flower-lined tiled pathways, tropical foliage, waterfalls, serene ponds with koi, and oceanfront overlooks. On the south side of the sanctuary is Sea Cliff Park (also known as Swami’s Park), a blufftop park with a grassy picnic area and overlook. A long stairwell leads down the cliffs to Swami’s Beach."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Encinitas
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Encinitas

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Jun 2018