Cardiff State Beach to Solana Beach Trail

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Cardiff State Beach

Cardiff State Beach to Solana Beach Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Solana Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 193 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers

no dogs

Perfect in every way. Keep coming back for early mornings walks !

Fantastic walk on the beach ( including stairs up the cliff for some peak cardio). We went at low tide so we could walk in the water and view the tide pools. Definitely will do this again, only recorded some of my walk due to low battery. Visible evidence of the cliffs crumbling and property at the top very unstable. Be aware to stay away from the base of the rock wall.

Easy beach walk at low tide. Great place to walk at sunset.

4 months ago

Nice easy beach walk (or jog) on a wide expanse of sand during low tide (only). Check the tide table before going. Parking rates are $15 Friday-Sunday (all day) or $6 for the first 2 hours, then up to $15 Monday-Thursday. If you have the California Explorer Annual Day Use Pass, parking is free. Not crowded at all on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon. Lots of surfers in the water too. Stay away from the cliffs. Many parts have fallen and are loose from the recent rains. No dogs.

Must go at LOW tide Beautiful walk

Sun Feb 03 2019

No dogs allows. ONLY possible at LOW tide!

Wed Dec 26 2018

Tue Oct 23 2018

Beautiful hike along the beach!

Tue Aug 14 2018

Good for an hour walk. Check the high tide!

Tue May 29 2018

Lovely stretch of beach with a few tide pools. Can’t get to Solana Beach with Dogs. There are roving rangers that will stop you.

Sun Apr 15 2018

Great beach walk. Make sure that you don’t go during high tide. Dogs are NOT allowed for the whole hike.

Wed Jun 28 2017

Can't really do it in high tides

Sun May 28 2017

Very easy and nice views.

Thu Dec 29 2016

Beautiful view along the beach.

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