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San Elijo Lagoon West Basin Professional Review and Guide
"San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, stretching over a thousand acres, is a mixture of freshwater from Escondido and La Orilla Creeks and saltwater from the ocean. The estuary is a wildlife haven that supports large populations of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. The wetland reserve has more than 7 miles of trails, making it easily accessible to hikers and birdwatchers. This hike begins on the south shore and follows the wetlands on the Gemma Parks Interpretive Trail. The shoreline path has informational panels about the lagoon’s ecological history. A side path climbs up secluded Holmwood Canyon between eroded sandstone cliffs. Hikes 73 and 74 may be combined for a 6-mile hike."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast (Day Hike Books).
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