• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    100 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

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!

Pack List

  • Water
  • 2 x Beers
  • Camera 
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Great getaway for a needed adventure very easy yet "strenuous"!

7 months ago
7 months ago

When I first read about the mushroom caves I had no idea what to expect. I knew I was going to be taking my 4 year old so I figured it was gonna be pretty mellow. This place is rad! We actually ended going two days in a row and my little girl did the canyon loop 5 TIMES! It's best to go on a weekday as Sunday was really crowded. Highly recommended and will definitely be going back!

9 months ago
9 months ago

Short easy hike great for families, small children, and dogs. Highly recommend exploring the slot canyon area.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Very fun

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This was a fun hike which I enjoyed with my family and we had a great time. I had some problems though, one, we weren't sure we were allowed on the no trespassing trail, as there were many warning signs, and second, these weren't really caves, all in all, still a great hike!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

This is a great local hike

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

This place will keep you entertained all day and then some! Beautiful views from top to bottom!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

A little oasis in North County

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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