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Annies Canyon Trail via North Rios Trailhead Loop

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San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Annies Canyon Trail via North Rios Trailhead Loop is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Solana Beach, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 196 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Scramble

Washed out

No shade

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Note: The Annies Canyon section of this route is currently closed. Great place to watch the sunset or go for a quick and flat hike with views. Good for the whole family but it can get slippery at times, so use caution and keep an eye on younger kids.

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Recordings (1004)
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laura Oh
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Hiking

Sad that canyon was closed.

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Jack O.
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Hiking

So, so. Annie’s Canyon loop closed.

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Eileen Hill
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Hiking

Beautiful and breezy

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Ryan Johnson
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My son wasn't in the hiking mood and was complaining until we came to the slot. His mood quickly turned positive and he asked if we could do the slot a second time. We had a great time navigating the narrow walls.

Carlin Quintanilla
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Ferdinand Labog
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Hiking

For kids too

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Justice Fleischmann
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Hiking

The lagoon is perfect for sunsets but the slot canyon is still closed

jeremy fortney
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Hiking

Super fun little trail back in the day it was called “the mushroom caves” as some of sand bluffs and caves looked mushroom like. Fun for kids and adults

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Nick Buhr
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Hiking

The trail to Annie’s canyon was open but the actually canyon hike is closed due to COVID

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Henry Pedersen
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Rich Roe
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Hiking

Annie’s canyon closed, also route u see freeway closed.

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McCue Ashley
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Hiking

Solana hills entrance is closed due construction. Take Rios drive.

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Crystal Edivan
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Hiking

Annie’s canyon is closed but the rest of it is pretty cool.

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Danielle DeVoy
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Partially closed. The canyon portion is closed for COVID, but you can get a 1.35 mi flat easy loop and just skip that part. It’s easy to follow the signs. Will reassess my rating when I come back with an open trail.

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Jose Garcia
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ON JUNE 19, 2020 THERE WERE SIGNS POSTED “TRAIL CLOSED” Very fun and easy trail. Can be completed in about an hour. I seen kids as little as 3yrs old on this trail so its not a hard or tiresome trail at all. It can be a tight squeeze in some spots but well worth it just keep going. There are some awesome photo opportunities along the canyon. Make people jealous of how much cooler your social media is than theirs after finding this “hidden/top secret” trail. Safe travels.

Caliph Assagai
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This was an awesome trail from start to finish. We started at San Elijo State Beach and took the Coastal Trail which has an underpass under the trail the railroad tracks, which took us to Pole Line Road, which hooks up with the North Rios Trail Head. The walk up Pole Line road is actually quite nice. While it’s just a dirt road, there are amazing flowers and cacti lining the road and you gain some elevation pretty quickly, giving you some views of the ocean. After winding through Pole Line Road, you reach the North Rios Trailhead. From there, it’s a smooth, sometimes sandy, single-double track to the trail. You are covered by shade and surrounded by flowers, birds and bunnies. If there were no visible development in the area would think you were just out in nature and the areas outside the trial look pretty pristine. Approaching Annie’s Canyon you’ll pass through (or walk around) two gates. After the second gate, the canyon will open in front of you. At first it’s wide and just very tall. As you walk in it gets narrower, and there are two possible ascents. The second right allows you to go up about 60 feet through a very narrow canyon. But this is not the main trail and leads to a dead end. The main trail veers left and takes you into the main attraction, the passable slot canyon. The ground is sandy and the walls are smooth. But it’s TIGHT in there. With a large backpack you would not be able to turn around. But with slow steps it’s easily navigable, and never feels dangerous. Even though this section is short, you are so focused on the moment that time kinda expands and you feel like you’ve been in it for a while. As you move up there is a ladder that brings you to the top of the ascent, and from there you take the switchbacks down. (You can also take this route UP to the top of the canyon, but you wouldn’t want to go down the canyon fro this direction. We went early so did the ascent twice. Honestly I’d do it 3-4 times it was so cool. The one thing I’d say is wear grippy shows because if for some reason you do need to use the canyon wall for traction, smooth shoes won’t do. Definitely worth doing this trail. And if you start at Los Rios, you won’t even break a sweat until you get to the canyon. Also, there are trash bins and recycle bins throughout the trail so if choose to bring disposables your can dump your trash right there instead of carrying it home. All in all great trail and very accessible!

Jose Garcia
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Ashley Williams
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This is a beautiful trail with lots of views. I have done this trail for years but the climb through the canyon is currently closed. Lots of benches to stop and take in the view!

Reina Miranda
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Great trail! Kids also enjoyed it. Ages 12 and 8. Canyon reminded me of a mini antelope canyon. Super cool. City worker said that the trail was open but the city hasn’t removed the signs yet. Took us about 1:45

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Charlie Fox
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Beautiful and easy walk to the base of the slot canyon. Canyon is narrow requiring a scramble from small (8yo) children. Peg ladder and metal stairs to exit the canyon(total less than 15ft), or take the moderate hike up to the lookout and turn around to avoid the canyon.

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Vania Wang
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Annie's Canyon still closed, but the Rios trail was really pretty with wildflowers blooming on either side. A lot of families and people on the trail.

Thomas Stein-Cartford
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Annie’s canyon trail closed - COVID 19 - city of Solana beach all trails closed. Signs say closed but Rios Trail open. Have to bypass closed signs in order to get to Rios, but is very short loop. Gorgeous and breezy but view of the freeway not as picturesque as one would hope for

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