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Annie's Canyon Trail via Solana Hills Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Solana Beach, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 423 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Cave Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade
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As of July 2020 the Annies Canyon section of this route is closed along with the Solana Hills Trailhead due to COVID19. You can access the trail at the Rio’s Trailhead.

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Mayra Rodriguez
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Due to COVID the canyon is closed. We had a good time tho. Some people not wearing masks but majority were.

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Jessica Jackman
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Great walk today! The Canyon is still closed along with the Solana Hills Trailhead but you can access the trail at the Rio’s Trailhead. Their is a Ranger you can chat with and your masks are required due to the narrow trail. Have fun!

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Jordan Hyde
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Is the canyon open yet?

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Jassen Agostini
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Great trail. The canyon was closed when we went.

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Michelle Slade
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Very easy trail, kid friendly. Parking was in a nearby neighborhood.

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Michael Harlow
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If you are looking to get away and do a quick slot canyon, this is the perfect canyon close to downtown San Diego. Although it will only take you about 10 to 20 minutes to complete the slot canyon portion of this hike, it is still great to be outdoors and find a fun little slot canyon in the heart of San Diego. This canyon can get very crowded on the weekends. We like to go in the morning during the weekdays.

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Tiana Donsky
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This portion of the trail is closed due to construction of the highway. You are required to enter at the official trail head.

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Steve Phallen
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this trail head is currently closed you have to do the shorter trail.

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Rebekah H
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Not accessible right now from Solana you need to go to the North Rios trailhead. From there you can only do the Annie’s Canyon Loop until construction on the freeway finishes.

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Mum Umby
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love this place.. quick and fun

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Kimmy Vasquez
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i agree with the other reviews, it’s short but actually very fun! the trail to the canyon is fairly short, once you get to the sign that points to moderate or strenuous, take the strenuous route. mobile kids could complete this, toddlers in carriers maybe not so much. the canyon is really tight as mentioned. the slot canyon portion is short but fun while it lasts. you could actually do it twice if you wanted. all in all, pretty awesome.

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Monty Burns
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Short, fun, easier than expected.

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Brian Jester
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Moderate, the “strenuous” marked part of the trail and is the canyon with sandstone cliffs on each side about 1.5-2 feet apart, and are doable by kids with adults, there are two metal ladder sections that dogs can’t climb. Beautiful, unique, quick hike.

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Elena G
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Amazing !!!

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Eric Larin
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For a virtual hike: https://youtu.be/Pnpp_KlVWOc This trail is amazing. There is an easy reward exploring and climbing through the crevices. There were a good number of people, but not enough to make it crowded. The formations of rock are simply stunning and walking along the lagoon is a peaceful pleasure. I highly recommend this one! If I find myself back in San Diego area, I'll come back for sure. Music for the Trail: https://sptfy.com/Hzm

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Christina Silvius
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Trail closed as of today

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Katie Hoskins
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The less exciting portion of the trail is well worth the unexpected mushroom caves!

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Tim I
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closed right now for construction

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Wendy Gorton
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Beautiful blue sky, and plenty of kiddo's heading up this trail on a Saturday! Pretty packed, but still enough breaks in between people to breathe and get some fun shots. Went in through North Rios Avenue, went right up through the canyon and out through the switchbacks and back again.

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Shikuan She
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Beautiful canyon rocks. It’s definitely worth to explore.

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Barbara Hawk
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Love the canyon! We Opted Outside on Black Friday as did many others. It will be even better with less people squeezing through.

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Kelby Caldwell
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Biked down to the trailhead from downtown. Saw some lizards and birds. Nice unexpected steep climbing spots. Other than that, nice and easy hike.

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Jennifer Wink
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A very nice hike. We started at Rios Rd and was about 1/2 mile flat trail to the canyon. The canyon itself is moderately strenuous--some steep inclines and very tight pathways--but it's very short (less than 1/2 mile) and you can stop at the "cave" if you need a break.

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Nikki Layne Gascon-Martin
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Minhao Jiang
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Dragos Crisan
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Zohar Soncino
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Dingneng Wang
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Tracy He
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Steve Campbell
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