June 2022 Activity: San Elijo Lagoon

Please join us for our June 2022 activity: a San Elijo Lagoon nature walk, led by our member Lisa Kaczmarczyk. You’ll find all the information you need to join, below.

As usual, this is not a Sierra Club outing. No Certified Outing Leader will be present. You may join, leave, participate as you wish on the scheduled date, and at your own risk. Please continue reading for the details. Our activities are open to the public.

We will walk east along the lagoon; those feeling intrepid can opt to climb a small coastal slot canyon in sandstone, known as Annie’s Canyon. This is a one way straight up scramble requiring two hands and two feet (i.e. you can’t have your camera in your hand while climbing). If you choose not to go up Annie’s Canyon, the path is a fairly flat and meandering.

The lagoon, being a wetland, offers opportunities for nature and bird photography, so you might want to bring your specialized macro or long, long telephoto lens, in addition to normal zoom/prime lenses.


  • Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022
  • Time: 5 PM start of nature walk
  • Meeting Point: north end of North Rios Avenue
    A good address to use for navigation is 1000 North Rios Ave, Solana Beach
    Google Maps: “Gemma Parks Interpretive Trail”
    Apple Maps: “Annie’s Trail”
  • Distance: ~1.5 miles out and back, including Annie’s Canyon

Directions: Take the Lomas Santa Fe exit off of I-5. Drive west on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Turn right onto North Rios Avenue. If you reach Highway 101 you have gone too far. Drive to the end of North Rios — it dead-ends at the lagoon. Park on North Rios. This is a very popular entrance, so you may have to park a ways back on North Rios and walk back to the end.

Individually, you can head to a nearby beach after our activity of course, to enjoy the sunset!

We look forward to meeting you for a good time in nature and on the trail.

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