Hikes, Trails, Gardens & Parks

Explore the Scenic Beauty of Encinitas

Encinitas is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts, offering a variety of scenic trails that showcase the area’s natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual nature enthusiast, our hikes and trails offer an opportunity to connect with nature and explore the area’s stunning landscapes. Visitors can explore trails that wind through lagoons, marshes, estuaries, and coastal sage scrub, offering opportunities to observe birds such as herons, egrets, shorebirds, and migratory species.

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Popular Trails
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Sage Trail, Powerline Trail, and Gnatcatcher Loop

Length 2.3 Miles

Easy little walk with some slight inclines, decent views, and cacti flowers along the trail. There are many small trails off of this route.

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San Diego Botanic Gardens

Length 1.3 Miles

Explore this 1.3-mile loop trail near Encinitas, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 30 min to complete. This is a popular trail for birding and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.

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Encinitas Ranch Trail

Length 2.1 Miles

Experience this 2.1-mile loop trail near Encinitas, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 45 min to complete. This is a popular trail for running and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The best times to visit this trail are January through October. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

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Coastal Rail Trail

Length 4.7 Miles

Between Encinitas and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the shared-use trail runs from Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas south to Chesterfield Drive in Cardiff. Here, the trail travels uninterrupted on a natural bank lined with shrubbery that lies between San Elijo Ave and the rail corridor. 

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