One of the wildest stretches in the San Elijo Lagoon, once off-limits and prone to vandalism, has been restored. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and County of San Diego Department of Parks & Recreation announced the opening of Annie’s Canyon Trail, a moderate to strenuous quarter-mile loop hike with switchbacks offering expansive views and enhanced recreation opportunities in the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. The restoration of the sandstone slot canyon was made possible by Annie, a 30-year Solana Beach resident and conservancy supporter, whose desire was to expand wild areas for nature and people. Community support was also a large factor that made the restoration possible.
The trail was restructured for public access and safety, native plants were installed, and the naturally eroding sandstone walls are now free of graffiti. “We started the process to restore the canyon more than a year ago,” said Executive Director and Principal Scientist for San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Doug Gibson. “Now that it’s open, we all have an opportunity to protect it together.” Learn more at