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Batiquitos Lagoon Trail

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Batiquitos Lagoon Trail

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  • The view from the trailhead.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • The trail begins on the north side of Batiquitos Lagoon just east of Interstate 5.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • There are ample covered benches along the way.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • Batiquitos Lagoon is one of the few remaining coastal wetlands in Southern California.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • View of Batiquitos Lagoon from the trail.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • A typical section of the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • A perfect spot to rest and take in the view of Batiquitos Lagoon.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • Looking south from the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • View of Batiquitos Lagoon from the trail.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • A datura flower blooming near the trail.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • Unidentified wildflower.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • Unidentified wildflower.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • The eastern side of Batiquitos Lagoon is a protected nesting area for birds such as the Least Tern.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
  • View of Batiquitos Lagoon from the trail.- Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
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Pros: 
Unique ecosystem. Wildlife. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
28.00 ft (8.53 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Total elevation gain: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
10.00 ft (3.05 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Batiquitos Lagoon, located between the coastal cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas, is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands in Southern California. This zone is a habitat for numerous species of threatened or endangered plants and animals and is managed as a preserve by the California Department of Fish and Game.

Near the trailhead at the western end of the lagoon is a nature center run by volunteers of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation. Apart from hosting events and guest speakers, they offer free trail maps and information about the unique riparian ecosystem. From the nature center, the path follows the northern perimeter of the lagoon for nearly 2 miles. With only a few gentle hills and many benches along the way, the trail is very family friendly. Groves of palm and eucalyptus trees provide shade, and large wading birds including great blue herons and snowy egrets can be seen from the trail year round. There are five man-made sand nesting sites across Batiquitos Lagoon that were built for endangered species such as the California least tern and the western snowy plover. In addition to providing a habitat for many types of birds, Batiquitos Lagoon features countless species of wildflowers.

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