San Elijo LagoonRios Avenue Trail

Encinitas, California

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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 trek east takes you along the hill above the San Elijo Lagoon and continues under the bridge to connect with the La Orilla Trail. Head west to experience the newest sections of trail over the discontinued railroad and to a spur with a comfortable bench that overlooks the lagoon where the wetlands give way to open water.
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by Lynn Goya and Alexander Goya (Falcon Guides)

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 trek east takes you along the hill above the San Elijo Lagoon and continues under the bridge to connect with the La Orilla Trail. Head west to experience the newest sections of trail over the discontinued railroad and to a spur with a comfortable bench that overlooks the lagoon where the wetlands give way to open water.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Encinitas
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: April through May and August through October, when the annual bird migration is at its peak
Local Maps: USGS Encinitas; trail map available online at www.co.san-diego.ca.us/reusable_components/images/parks/doc/ Trails_San_Elijo.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to San Elijo LagoonRios Avenue Trail

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