Coast to Crest Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon

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Coast to Crest Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Solana Beach, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles
13 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

18 days ago

Pretty but more urban than we like, not escaping enough for our tastes and we prefer hiking. This is completely flat.

25 days ago

Looks like a work in progress here. The Alltrails map is a little wrong. Once you cross Jimmy Durante, the trail sticks close to the road. If you follow the app trail, it will take you approximately 800 feet to a dead end. Still kind of a good place to stop and watch the wildlife. Great trail for birding, we saw an Osprey and some Kestrels.

1 month ago

Nice easy lots of wildlife around and great views.

1 month ago

Took my 2 young kids and dogs on this flat trail around 2pm. Lots of freeway noise and auto odor the first 1/2 mile. But we did see some great wildlife: mullet jumping fish were cool, blue heron, lots of other birds and a caterpillar. We walked all the way out to the boardwalk near the fair grounds. Didn’t make it all the way to the beach because we stopped off at View Point brewery for drinks and a snack. Overall trail was good except for freeway noise and smell. Would do again off freeway hours and bring kids bikes.

3 months ago

Great hike!!

3 months ago

Super easy walk, very flat trail. Very quiet stroll on a Sunday morning, no one I️n sight, very few runners.
Did an out and back. Too bad trail doesn’t go around river. Saw some horses

mountain biking
3 months ago

Beautiful easy flat trail, great to kid our 5yr old riding his bike on a trail.

5 months ago

A very scenic trek that takes you under the 5 freeway so see the lagoon and to the coast of Del Mar. You wouldn't think anything lived in the water but we were able to see fishes and even a string ray! Great for a walk, run, wide enough for strollers. Trail was really flat.

10 months ago

Trail is closed due to construction near the fair. Still a nice (but short) outing. Enjoyed the birds and spring flowers.

10 months ago

I enjoyed. I saw many kinds of birds and flowers on the way.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nice Morning Casual Walk

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Nice walk. In and out about 5 miles. Not much shade, not too many benches, but also not crowded. Pleasant for dogs as well, especially if you walk up to the end: dog beach in Del Mar.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Nice little walk with the family. Ages 3, 7, and 9.
No need for a stroller.
Good picture opportunities.

Over all lovely time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mostly flat trail which goes from Dog Beach in Del Mar and ends up at the east end of the polo fields (near Morgan Run Country Club) in Rancho Santa Fe. I park at the east end of the polo fields, walk the trail east, head to the beach, hike up the cliff at Dog Beach, and back.

From Dog Beach heading east, you will go past the river along the race track, cross Jimmy Durante Blvd, walk the "Boardwalk", along a trail under I-5, along a trail behind the old Albertsons, along an up and down trail to El Camino Real, cross into the Polo Fields, then back the same way for a 8 mile out and back trek

Thursday, April 16, 2015

This is a nice flat walk ideal for young and old alike. Most of it is on a wood planked boardwalk and navigates over a protected wildlife wetland. It winds up to the 5 fwy underpass and then becomes the Pacific Crest Trail. You can continue on for a couple more miles but then the trail stops as it is currently incomplete.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Real nice walk. Bring a smart phone with a QR reader and you can read/listen to the interactive points along the way describing history and environmental facts. No elevation changes to speak of. It is better to start at the west end near the south gate of the Del Mar fairgrounds. Park across the bridge to the south. Try coming at different tide times to see different things.

9 days ago

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