Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach, California 91932

Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"At the south end of Seacoast Drive, a planked walkway and interpretive plaques introduce you to the green tidal marshlands of the Tijuana Estuary to the east. The marshlands are part of a 4-square-mile tideland expanse managed by various national, state, and local agencies.

This is one of Southern California’s most important coastal wetland areas simply because it has been mostly spared from commercial and housing developments. The area is a recognized haven for birds, and more than 400 species have been logged here so far."

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Best Hikes Near San Diego (Falcon Guides)
Lynn Goya and Alexander Goya
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"The southernmost beach town in the United States offers wide, uncrowded beaches; frequent dolphin visits; and a newly vibrant beach community. The poor stepchild of San Diego beach communities, Imperial Beach is now asserting its mojo with an increasing reputation as a surfing, sand castlebuilding, environmental mecca." Read more
Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Imperial Beach is a quiet, low-key beach town with a wide, sandy beach strand south of San Diego. The Tijuana River borders the south end of Imperial Beach. To the east is the expansive Tijuana Estuary National Wildlife Refuge. The Tijuana River watershed drains more than 1,700 square miles along the California-Mexico border, with its end point in the estuary. Barrier dunes, formed by sand traveling down river from the mountains, protect the estuary from the ocean forces. Wind and waves have sculpted the sand into dunes, while native vegetation stabilizes the dunes and holds them in place. Without the dunes, there would be no estuary. This hike straddles the dunes between the ocean and the estuary to the mouth of the Tijuana River, where it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Along the way are expansive coastal views extending north to Coronado and Point Loma, south to the hills of Mexico, and 12 miles seaward to the Coronado Islands." Read more

Imperial Beach Reviews

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I give this a four rating because 1) this estuary is always beautiful and, 2) I am quite partial to beaches; especially this one where a practically grew up and spent my days surfing. A great walk to the river mouth and always lots of bird life. Glad this was made into a refuge and not a marina as was a possibility three decades ago.
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Trail Information

Imperial Beach
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.0
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use

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Dec 2018