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9 Great Hikes in North County San Diego

Posted by Tyson Lund on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 4:04pm.

Hiking in EncinitasLiving in North County can mean something new to do all the time. From bird watching and the beach to lagoons and free jazz concerts in the summer, you'll never be at a loss for an activity to enjoy. Hiking is a big draw to the area, as well. If you love to hike, here are nine great North County places to do that.

1). Rancho Carillo Trails, Carlsbad

This 2-mile hike is great for beginners. With an elevation gain of 100 feet, you won't be spending a lot of time on steep inclines. It's excellent for kids, dogs, and mountain biking, and takes about an hour. You can expect to see ranch lands, plenty of greenery, and the occasional small animal.

2). San Elijo Lagoon, Encinitas

The San Elijo Lagoon is on the Cardiff Beach to Swami's hike, but you can enjoy the lagoon area separately. There's a campground near the bluffs, and you can hike around part of the lagoon, to Cardiff Beach, or to Swami's in the other direction. It's easy to moderate hiking, and the length will depend on which direction you head in your adventures.

3). Batiquitos lagoon

Hiking here is easy to moderate, and is three miles total when you hike all the way out and back. It takes about 1.5 hours and is open year-round. Expect migratory waterfowl, mud flats, marsh, scrub vegetation, and a sanctuary for a number of animals.

4). Calavera Hills Trails, Carlsbad

Gentle topography and an elevation gain of 1,00 feet make this trail a moderate hike of 2.4 miles total. It's a loop that's good for kids and dogs, and it's a great place to see birds and small animals.

5). Double Peaks in San Marcos

Enjoy views of mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean on this 5-mile out-and-back trail with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet. It's moderate hiking at its best, and dogs and mountain bikes are allowed.

6). Lake Hodges Trails

This 7.55 mile hike is easy to moderate, with little gain in elevation, and offers great views of mountains and birds. You can also ride horses or mountain bikes there.

7). Cardiff Beach to Swami's, Encinitas

This out-and-back trail is 1.7 miles, and rated easy to moderate. It's cobblestone and sand beach, with jagged, 80-foot cliffs for a backdrop. The view of the cliffs and the water is something to take note of, and is popular with many hikers.

8). Moonlight Beach to Beacons Beach, Encinitas

Beaches and bluffs make for a great out-and-back hike of 2.8 miles and a 75 foot gain in elevation. It's easy to moderate hiking and should take around 1.5 hours to complete.

9). South Carlsbad to Cardiff Trail

Beaches and surf make for a great view on this 5.5-mile point-to-point hike. Go at low tide so you can get through the entire trail. It requires moderate skill level, and will take you about three hours.

With all the great hiking options around the area and so much else to do, as well, you'll never be at a loss for fun. Get started on your latest adventure today, by calling the Lund Team to find out more about relocating to North County and the San Diego area.

Tyson Lund
Broker Associate | 01385039

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