Hike the Annie’s Canyon Trailhead

Annie’s Canyon Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Jussi Oksanen

Awesome short and easy hike. A fun place to explore with the whole family -- even the littlest kids -- and a great spot to watch the sun set!

If you're looking for a super short hike, this 10 minute flat walk couldn't be more ideal. Start at 840 N Rios Avenue, Solana beach and walk east towards the FWY 5 where you will see Annie’s Canyon on your right. There is only one way to go up the canyons and it gets pretty tight in places, but you'll discover some cool little hideaway spots along the way. 

You'll notice a few trails going up the walls, but be aware that while they are fairly mellow heading up, coming down is a different story. And remember: it’s sand! It can get really slippery at times which is not ideal when you find yourself 30 foot high...

At the top of the canyons you will find some stairs that lead to the top. From there you get an amazing view of the canyons and the San Elijo Lagoon. It's the perfect place to take some snacks while watching the sun set over the ocean. Just remember to take your trash with you!

Distance

2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

100 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

From $60/night

Outsite // San Diego

Encinitas, California

San Diego Metro KOA

Chula Vista, California

Temecula / Vail Lake KOA

Temecula, California

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Fun for all ages!

You start on the Rios Trail and end up over at Annie’s Canyon Trail. It splits into “View Point- moderate” (stairs) and the “One Way Loop- strenuous” (canyon). The canyon trail is definitely tight and a bit hard at points, but super fun and worth it. There were kids and toddlers going through the canyons with ease as well! There is a ladder at the end that you must climb to the top, but it is not difficult for adults or even children. The hike is generally flat/slightly downhill for .6 miles, until you get to the fork in the trail for the canyons and stairs. The stairs take you up to the top of the view point, which is also where the canyon loop leads as well. There were plenty of trees and brush which provided a great amount of shade along the Rios Trail. It was beautiful hiking along the lagoon and seeing it from the top of the view point! We all had fun and definitely recommend it.

Short hike and fun for kids

We did this hike on a Saturday. So parking was a little challenging as it’s street parking in a residential area. I did this with a three year old on foot and a toddler in carrier on my back. There were so precarious moments as far as tightness goes. But it was a great time!

My adventure

Great getaway for a needed adventure very easy yet "strenuous"!

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