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Annie’s Canyon Trail

Annie’s Canyon Trail is a sandstone slot canyon located in the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in Solana Beach. The .25 mile trail is short but makes a grand impression!

Our youngest enjoyed this hike so much that he requested we loop through twice before exploring other trails in the reserve. 

Select the strenuous one-way loop option to hike the canyon (the canyon is narrow and requires some climbing) or opt for the moderate view point option to bypass the canyon. This video provides a good idea of what to expect.

To get here find street parking near the N. Rios Avenue trailhead. Follow marked paths pointing to Annie’s Canyon Trail (.6 miles from the trailhead). Spend some time exploring the lagoon before leaving.

Our Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach was already packed with a full day of family activity but we couldn’t pass up sharing this unique hike. Follow-up your hike with dinner at Pizza Port our favorite San Diego-based pizzeria. The casual family style eatery is popular for its pizza and onsite craft beer brewery.

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Torrey Pines State Beach

After hiking through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve you’ll be ready to break out snacks (food isn’t allowed in the reserve) and soak in the beauty of Torrey Pines State Beach. Except for during high tide you can hike all the way down to the beach. (Tide Chart

Sandstone bluffs are one of the many beautiful features to admire from shore. Just be mindful to keep a safe distance away.

Torrey Pines State Beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists. Based on natural beauty alone it’s easy to see why! The picture above was taken during the winter – a great time to explore or find a spot to unwind on the beach.

One thing you’ll find in abundance at Torrey Pines State Beach is rocks. They are fun to sift through for interesting colors and shapes but not so fun to step on. While it’s never stopped our family from having an enjoyable experience, it is something you may appreciate knowing about ahead of time.

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Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach

New release! Travel with us through Torrey Pines and Solana Beach for a full day adventure along California’s beautiful coastline. From hiking trails to the beach, our latest Beyond the Zoo Guide was created for families who enjoy nature and spending time together outdoors.

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Our guides aren’t just about where to go in San Diego. Each guide also includes activities and talking points to help you create meaningful family memories. Previously released guides include Ocean Beach & Point LomaSan Diego By the Bay, and Barrio Logan