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Batiquitos Lagoon

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Great views of the Lagoon, easy hike, lots of bird watching
Near:Carlsbad, CA
Distance:2.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:15 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary:  Hemmed in by housing developments, a gold course, and one of the busiest freeways around, Batiquitos Lagoon won't be confused with the wilderness backcountry. However, if you're an avid bird watcher (or would like to try this popular pastime), Batiquitos Lagoon provides excellent opportunities to view a number of endangered species.
Interpretive signs along the trail illustrate the more threatened birds found around the lagoon, as well as the rare and endangered species that visit. These include the re-necked phalarope, elegant tern, marbled godwit, yellow warbler, California least tern, and Snowy plover. Because of the sensitive nature of these birds, read and follow the notices - and stay on the trail.

Trailhead: From the Poinsettia exit off I-5, go east and turn right (south) on Batiquitos Dr. (the second stoplight past the freeway), then down the hill toward the lagoon
and turn right onto Gabbiano Lane. Drive to the end and park in the 6-car lot to the west or on the street. Walk through the posts onto the asphalt driveway and past the fenced desiltation basin (full of cattails) to the Nature Center [on the left].
(Lat:33.0938 Lon:-117.3006)

Trail Guides for Batiquitos Lagoon:
Best Easy DayHikes San Diego
by Sean OBrien (Falcon)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Nature Center 760-931-0800
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joe Cross, who has posted  56 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by SK on 5/31/2012
I did a run there today at noon. It's a nice dirt trail, great for families with children, for a walk. Runners who prefer dirt than concrete should like it.

Reviewed by Pamela on 1/2/2010
This is a beautiful 1.6 mile hike along the north side of Batiquitos Lagoon. I spotted a group of White Pelicans and an Osprey. Egrets, California Brown Pelicans, terns, ducks and Blue Herons frequent the lagoon. It is a natural preserve with a nice self-guided walks.

Reviewed by C on 4/17/2006
This is a very accessible, easy trail. A nice place to go on a Sunday afternoon when you want to take your dog on a walk. Unfortunately, there's signs all over saying bicycles are NOT allowed. I think the scenery is a little better than 3 stars.

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