San Diego Trail Tramps - Scheduled Hikes for 2011

  San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon Visitor's Center
Date: July 10, 2011  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
Hike Group:
San Diego Trail Tramps
Info. URLs: The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy (SELC)
San Elijo Lagoon Trails
Current NOAA weather forecast for area
San Elijo Lagoon, bet. Del Mar & Cardiff
Meeting Place: WEST PARKING LOTS, Mira Costa Community College, 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff, CA -Free parking there on Saturdays and Sundays. The trailhead is 1/4 mile west of parking lot, south side of Manchester Avenue. Meet at the trailhead at 9:30 AM
Hike Elevation: Sea level at all times. Easy walk/hike.
Hike Time: 3-4 hours, with lunch

East and West Basins of the San Elijo Lagoon await, between Del Mar and Cardiff.

Refer to Jerry Schad's book "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" for details and maps. (Beaches & Bays, Area B-1: North County Coast, Trip 3: San Elijo Lagoon)

Bring binoculars, if you have em, to check out the numerous shorebirds.

This will be a combination of several small hikes around the East and West Basins. There are over 7 miles of scenery to explore along 8 different trails. There's also a great Visitor's Center on the north side of the lagoon. We may possibly target the spur trail leading south into secluded Holmwood Canyon. An abandoned apricot orchard lies tucked away halfway up the canyon's broad floor....a great destination for a late lunch.

After departing from the carpool meeting area in Hillcrest promptly at 9:00 AM, take 8-West to 5-North, then take the Manchester Ave. exit after passing the lagoon, north of Del Mar. Go east on Manchester about 1 mile to Mira Costa Community College, 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff, CA, WEST PARKING LOT (Free parking there on Saturdays and Sundays)
Bring: Lunch, water/sports drinks, sturdy shoes (sport sandals are definitely OK for this hike!!),
Swim trunks/towel for possible beach fun after the hike....
Sun protection (plus flea/tick spray recommended)
Yes, Doggies are OK on 6ft. Leash