We Hiked Annie's Canyon Trail- Read Our Review

By Courtney Daly-Pavone October 16, 2022

Are you looking for a family friendly hike? Annie's Canyon Trail in Solana Beach may just be the ticket! 

This 2.2 mile loop trail has just the right amount of challenges. There are a few steep hills, including an optional slot canyon to viewpoint which is ranked "difficult," or you can choose "moderate." Depending on which one you choose, it can be relatively easy, or more strenuous. It takes about one hour to complete the trail, and dogs are welcome on the moderate trail.


Being no stranger to a challenge, we decided to choose the "difficult" route to the viewpoint, and we were not disappointed. The towering bluffs were spectacular. It got pretty narrow at times, and steep. At one point we climbed a metal ladder to the summit, but the view was worth it. 

My son is twelve, and he had no problem on this hike. We did see younger kids hiking uphill. I wouldn't recommend the difficult route if your child is under eight years old. I would instead choose "moderate." If you plan on bringing your dog, please arrive before peak sun, and bring plenty of water for you and your pet. It is also impossible to hike the more difficult route with a dog. 

Annie's Canyon Trail is the perfect work-out for a family if you have an hour to kill. There's also free street parking, and free entry. My only critique of Annie's Canyon is that it's adjacent to the 5 Freeway. It kind of left me longing for more peace and tranquility, but still we highly recommend it! 


Annie's Canyon Trail

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

498-450 Solana Hills Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075

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