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Trail of the Month: San Elijo Lagoon

By Claire Trageser

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7.3 miles out and back

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Trail of the Month: San Elijo Lagoon

Trail of the Month: San Elijo Lagoon


Park in the lot on El Camino Real north of Highland Drive in Solana Beach. From there, follow La Orilla Trail under Interstate 5, and then take the Pole Road trail into the heart of the lagoon.

Why We Love It

As temperatures rise in the summer months, it’s time to take your hiking and running to the coast. This nature sanctuary gives you trails to run without East County’s heat. While the freeway is close by, you’ll feel like you’re deep in nature as you wind through these hidden trails and take in views of the lagoon.

Where to Refuel Afterwards

Head to Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach for endless options, like Claire’s on Cedros (246 North Cedros Avenue) or Orange Blossom Cafe (224 South Cedros Avenue) for brunch.

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