Tijuana Estuary is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Imperial Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 45 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers


no shade
15 days ago

Great walk, nice and flat with great views and wildlife. No shade bring water.

no shade
3 months ago

Dog friendly bike/running trail with beautiful views of the nature sanctuary. Many parts of the trail are W/C accessible. The trail starts at the Visitor Center. Make sure you bring water, it can get very warm with no shade. It was mid 60s the day I went and it felt very warm. The Helicopters are interesting to watch, the noise doesn’t bother me because I have headphones.

3 months ago

Nicely maintained trails, and friendly staff at the visitor’s center. Nice mix of bike riders, toddlers, dogs on leads, and nature hikers.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Great Trail for entire Family to enjoy. All trails are basically level & decomposed granite with some hard adobe/dirt sections. Youngsters with bikes and training wheels can use all sections. Great ocean salt air breezes. Lots of Estuary Wide Open Views with Estuary Wildife Birds & Cotton Tails & Lizards to see. Posted to watch for Rattle Snakes. Navy Helicopter Training Base is just east of Estuary so earlier morning rides are best since Helo’s don’t fly then. I think Sunday’s Helo’s may be off all day. Need to confirm that.

9 months ago

Flat and mostly gravel. The view points with benches are very nice to sit and observe the fish and birds! Go early in morn for cool breezes and avoid the helicopter field noise.

10 months ago

It a great walking trail the view are nice and very dog walkable. Well maintained

Sun Apr 21 2019

Totally nice flat and quiet unpopulated hike for walking or running. Will be back often for 4 miles of relaxation

recorded Tijuana Estuary Trail

no shade
Mon Mar 18 2019

Nicely kept trails. No trees. Bring water.

Sun Feb 24 2019

Very peaceful and scenic trail. It was a little muddy in parts due to recent rains but was easy to get around. Good trail for walking, running and biking.

Sun Dec 02 2018

Flat and easy walk throughout. The last leg cuts into the estuary so you feel a little more removed from the surrounding residences and US Navy property. Very poor pet cleanup on the main trail.

Sat Aug 25 2018

We like it. Hiked it today with Zara.

Sun May 27 2018

Our visit was peaceful for the adults and fun for the kids. From the Visitor Center, we walked 1/3 mile south to where one of the trails dead ends at an overlook with two benches. The kids loved bird watching and just watching the water flowing under the bridge. The exhibits at the Visitor Center are fun and informative for kids and adults, and some of them are hands-on too. Recommend!

Wed Feb 28 2018

Very quiet trail. Peaceful.

mountain biking
Wed Jan 17 2018

I love this trail and mountain bike it with my family often. Hiking is easy but I have to bike as a necessity. Great parking at several different trails heads. You’re real close to the ocean at all times so the salt air & breeze is always pleasing/ always there. Since it’s an Oceanic Estuary, you’ll see lots of native birds. Rabbits & squirrels too.

Mon Oct 23 2017

This was a nice flat walk. No shade and little air movement in some areas. It’s described as a loop but be aware that it’s mister definitely not. It’s an out and back trail. Bring lots of water and wear a hat. Nice bird viewing

Tue Jul 04 2017

If you like birds and rabbits you will love this short trail. flowers, cactus, lots to see.

Fri May 19 2017

A nice scenic walk. Plenty of birds and rabbits to catch your eye and not a lot of traffic.

Tue Mar 28 2017

a very nice easy hike I live near here and walk my dog here often

Thu Feb 02 2017

Ok trail isn't really a loop ok for a quick outing

Tue Dec 20 2016


Wed Jul 06 2016

really very easy walked the trail and had to walk extra don't feel like a trail nothing to see

Wed May 04 2016

I loved it. beautiful wildlife everywhere. has a small loop off dairy mart road good for kids and anyone looking for a quick walk. looking forward to the 4 mile loop.

Thu Apr 28 2016

Muy bonito lugar me sentí muy feliz de ver tanta flora y fauna creo que mire más animalitos que cuando e hizo al zoológico

Fri Apr 01 2016

Super easy, fun for kids or for running :)

Sun Jul 12 2015

It's a great hike, but the reason for the 3 stars is because it has no views. It's just flat land with navy helicopters flying above you. one can see wildlife like birds, rabbits and it's a decent walk but no views. It's a good place for bird watching and take a good stroll.I sugest you read Afoot and Afield is a book about trails in San Diego.

Tue Jul 07 2015

The breeze from the ocean is great

road biking
Fri Jun 05 2015

Great tranquil trails , the breeze from the ocean makes it a great place!

Tue Aug 05 2014

Amazing trail and beautiful scenery! A nice relaxing spot to hike, walk your dog, and see wildlife. It has a great view of the sunset.

Wed Apr 03 2013

This trail is not much of a hike. It's best for walking, jogging, running or even biking. Theres an estuary hence the name. There's an information center that can provide you with information. They are very helpful, nice & can educate you. If your interested in birds or wild flowers this is a great place!

Wed Feb 16 2011

I grew up hiking this one very easy very kid friendly . this is a good year around hike no hills mostly flat land

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