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Annie’s Canyon via North Rio’s Trail San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Activity: Day Hike

Date: March 8, 2019

Solana Beach, California, 2 miles, 134’ elevation change, 1 hour duration

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is a pleasant walk beside a saltwater marsh area, along a trail filled with lush greenery. It is fairly flat until you venture upon Annie’s Canyon. What a delight working through this little slot canyon. It was so cool, more than I expect with a tight squeeze, twists and turns as you went up. Annie’s Canyon was different then other slot canyons I have been to. It was close quarters, just room for one at a time and it went up in elevation. Others slots I have been in where fairly flat, but this had a bit of a climb. The sign said strenuous, but I would not describe it that way. I with describe it as fun.

This is the entrance to the slot Canyon know as Annie’s Canyon at Solana Beach in San Diego County.

The San Diego area near the beach is always so lush and it is particularly green with all the rain we have had of late.

Just look at that wild hillside lots of greenery.
Wild flowers blooming along the path.
This shows the saltwater marsh in the background looking toward the beach.

Spring is close, beautiful flowers.

I was not expecting this slot canyon to be this cool, winding back and for as it moved up.

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Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but this is going up at a pretty good angle.

This ladder may look rickety, however it was quite securely fastened to the sandstone.

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From the View Point looking out over the top of a portion of Annie’s Canyon.
A couple nice photos looking out over the hillside, the saltwater marsh and Solana Beach.

I was pleasantly surprised by this outing, it was more than I expected and very enjoyable.