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Coast to Crest Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon

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San Dieguito River Park

Coast to Crest Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon is a 4.8 mile heavily 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.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 62 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful views of San Dieguito Lagoon.

Beautiful view but wouldn’t recommend for mountain biking

Crest to Coast!

recorded Recording - Apr 23, 11:26 AM

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It’s pretty nice to walk dogs or jog. The trail shown here includes most of the official one but goes beyond, past train tracks (careful !!) to dogs beach. Trail also continues inland farther than it shows here, toward the polo field on el Camino real. All in all a very relaxed and pleasant time for those not for those looking for a challenge!

Great easy trail. Payoff for us and our dog is the dog beach at the midway point. He loved it.

hiking
no shade
private property
2 months ago

Flat, wetland run on a overcast/rainy Sunday. Trail was a bit muddy but easily passable. Lots of wildlife, but also noisy highways. Many dogs off leash at the beach.

Great for trail running! Very loud freeway noise when downwind but otherwise the freeway noise is tolerable. Enjoyed listening to the frogs and watching the birds. Did this trail while it was sprinkling after a rain storm and the trail was only mucky in a few areas.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail around the lagoon is nice, we’ll-maintained, and mostly flat with an area for horses as well. The sounds of the highway can be heard from almost any point on the trail, however.

hiking
6 months ago

Flat nice view. Leads to viewpoint

One section of the trail isn’t passable (protected marsh habitat) but the rest of the walk is quite nice :) and you can take a pit stop at Del Mar dog beach if you bring you pups!

nature trips
Mon May 27 2019

this is not really a hike, more like a nature walk. there's no elevation gain. the first segment is parallel to the 5 so there is quite a bit of traffic noise. after a brief segment on the street, the rest of the walk is along the river ith a nice view of the Del Mar racetrack and fairgrounds. trail ends at Del Mar Fairgrounds. lots of birds and of course dogs at the beach! it's a nice outing, just not a hike.

Great hike. Nice view walk. Long walk.

hiking
no shade
Sat Apr 20 2019

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

Sorta average lagoon walk, very urban. Not much bird life today. Be sure and make it all the way to the beach.

running
off trail
Sat Jan 26 2019

Tue Dec 11 2018

Nice flat very easy Suggest doing river walk first and the stop by Viewpoint brewery

hiking
Sun Aug 05 2018

really nice and easy walk through. bring a pair of sandals just in case you want to dip your feet in the ocean and cool off. great halfway reward before heading back.

hiking
Tue Mar 27 2018

Good hike, 1st leg of the Coast to Crest...not difficult since it is flat.

walking
Sun Feb 04 2018

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

hiking
Sun Jan 28 2018

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.

Mon Jan 22 2018

Nice easy lots of wildlife around and great views.

hiking
Fri Jan 05 2018

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.

Sun Nov 19 2017

Great hike!!

Tue Nov 07 2017

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
Mon Oct 30 2017

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

walking
Sat Aug 26 2017

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.

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