Explore the most popular birding trails in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I have been doing this trail since I was born, it’s one of my all time favorites, I’ve seen so many beautiful birds and flowers doing this hike. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be close to water, with great scenery. It’s an overall flat and easy hike!

This is our favorite place to go for a walk with our three toddlers. The inner loop is 1/3 mile, with views of the water, birds, and fish jumping out of the water. Several benches make for good spots for a break and a snack. The elevated wooden path is fun for kids to walk along. We did the inner loop only today by taking the first left back to the nature center, bisecting the larger loop, but you can walk the outer path for a little more distance, walk it twice (once taking the inner and once the outer way back), or you can walk it like a figure 8. The nature center is great, with lots of child friendly exhibits and things to see at toddler eye level - and good info for adults too. And Franklin the tortoise and the teepee are always a hit too.
One note: there is construction on I-5 and in the lagoon itself. The end result is supposed to be better water flow in the lagoon and more trails for visitors. I’m sure it’ll be beautiful when it’s done (projected for 2020), but at the moment the construction work is visible and part of what you’ll walk by.

Too many non-connected dead ends on the west side

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This trail is more of a walk than a hike. The lagoon is beautiful and the path is lined with trees and sometimes flowers. Lots of birds and small wildlife to be seen. This is a great family trip, especially with the opportunity to visit the nature center.

great spot for birdwatching, very easy walk

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