Adventurous Trail Outside Of San Diego. Annie's Canyon Trail
Updated: Mar 17
Annie's Canyon Trail is in Solana Beach CA which is just 15 miles from Carlsbad. The Canyon Trail is a 1.5 easy mile loop trail. Although to get to the canyon is easy, to get through the canyon can be a bit challenging for some, specially if you don't enjoy tight spaces or climbing. It can get steep at some points but we found it super fun and exciting... not to mention beautiful. The high narrow sandstone walls really make this a very unique adventure. Just take a look at the pictures down below!
Before beginning your way up the canyon you will see this sign pictured down below.
Difficult is to go through the canyon, moderate is to simply go to the top and see the views without going through the slot. We wanted to go though the canyon so went the difficult route. I wouldn't personally consider it difficult but definitely a little bit or a challenge but so fun.
Once we got through the canyon we got some beautiful views from the top and went down the wooden plank stairs. We got to admire the lagoon and the Pacific Ocean, which you can see in the picture down below.
After we got down the canyon, we continued on Rios Trail and detoured to Gemma Parks loop where we walked and admired the wild flowers, birds, and sat on the benches along the trail for a snack and to enjoy the views.
Things To Know Before You Visit
There are no bathrooms
Mostly all dirt/sand path
During some point when going through the canyon, you will need to crawl up and use your hands at times
Not recommended if you are claustrophobic or don't enjoy climbing
Pets on leash are allowed but NOT when doing through the canyon
Street parking available
Entrance through Solana Hills Trailhead -498 Solana Hills Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
When you start the hike you will have a view of the freeway to your right. Trust me the views get a whole lot better, so don't be discouraged.
Here is the picture of the entrance through the Solana Hills Trailhead
During our visit (May 2021) some construction was present. Once up the trail you see on the picture above, you will need to take a left turn on the first trail which is pictured down below.
Shortly once on the trail above, you will see a sign letting you know you are on the right path to the Canyon Trail.
Here is a visual of the trails and path I mentioned up above.
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