San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,930 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
This a small but rich habitat with many trails. The visitors center has a lot to offer and should be included in your visit. It’s rich in bird life even in winter. Except for Annie’s Canyon the hiking is all moderate. I highly recommend!
Written January 3, 2019
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
The second trip here I didn't walk on the well-maintained paths, but sat comfortably on the second level deck of the Visitor's Center. From this vantage point with tables, chairs and a couch, you can see the Pacific and enjoy the coastal shrubs and birds. The only drawback is limited parking and current construction that has closed some of the trails. However, on the deck on a weekend this all fades away as you can relax and enjoy nature.
Written June 26, 2018
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BlueNWashington
District of Columbia440 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Nice coastal spot to walk and bird-watch along well maintained boardwalks. Check the website before going (as of 5/15/18) as some renovation work is underway and some of the area may be blocked off.
Written May 16, 2018
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Joel K
Encinitas, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
This wonderful slice of aquatic beach/lagoon wilderness is such a breath of fresh air after a day of hectic SoCal traffic and work pressure. Easily accessible from the I-5 or Coast Highway in Cardiff, I urge you to enjoy this serene location. Whether you want to just relax or do some casual strolling or light jogging, the trails through the Reserve are very clear, flat and scenic.You'll see all kinds of wildlife and the Reserve has helpful signage to identify various types of birds and other creatures. Bring the kids, you'll all have a pleasant visit.
Written July 10, 2017
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Carl C
Portola Valley, CA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
San Elijo Ecological Reserve is huge, with lots of options for exploring and photographing nature. If you're a family with young kids, the nature center has great exhibits and programs. If you're looking for a short easy walk, the trail out the front door has great views of the lagoon. For the center and/or a short walk, allow 30-60 minutes.

For adults, families with teens, or hikers the trails on the south side of the lagoon or east of the freeway offer various degrees of difficulty. The ranger at the center can help you pick. Because you must drive to those trail heads, and due to the length of some of the trails, depending on which trail you choose and how far you go, allow 1-2 hours, and expect lots of bird life and spectacular views.
Written June 29, 2017
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Sarshebert
Ottawa, Canada39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
My 3 year old son loves to visit the centre to see their snakes and a few other local reptiles. There is a lot of information about the local ecosystem and a wonderful trail along the lagoon where you can see many birds. Great for a shorter family excursion.
Written August 11, 2016
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WineandDineDivine
Lake Elmo, MN43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Really enjoy coming here with our two little ones. It always provides a peaceful and beautiful experience, regardless of the weather. Nice walking path around the lagoon provides multiple viewing points into the water to see occasional fish, crabs, and bird life. We always see lots of birds, lizards, butterflies, and caterpillars (in season). Kids always enjoy seeing "Franklin" the tortoise outside and stopping in the visitor center to see the snakes, lizards, frogs, and crabs.
Written July 25, 2016
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897LindaG
Encinitas, CA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
All I have to ask my grandchildren is, "Shall we go to the wetlands?", and we are off for an afternoon adventure. The self-guided walks are well maintained, the signage is clear, and the lookout areas are what makes this a special place. Because of the well groomed paths,I can walk safely with the kids as well as with my 98 year old dad. There are benches placed along the pathways, and I've told my family that I want them to dedicate one for me when I die.
Written February 19, 2015
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Deedlv
Washington68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Start at the Nature Center and learn about the L ago on and how it came to be. Lots of fowl, some fish on occasion, and some 4 legged creatures as well. It is hardto believe it is such a tranquil spot in a metro area. Take your time and enjoy each bend in the path.
Written November 12, 2014
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Caroline L
Los Angeles, CA2,642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
Small trails perfect for taking a stroll through nature. Lots of small birds and a variety of plants make for a relaxing scenic walk. There is a small visitor center worth a look which renders beautiful views of the reserve and ocean just beyond. Great for all ages.
Written April 23, 2022
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