One of North County San Diego’s quiet gems is the Batiquitos Lagoon trail. This trail runs along the north shore of Batiquitos Lagoon in south Carlsbad. I found one of the few parking spots near the west trailhead, grabbed my water bottle and hat, and set off. Since this was still during Covid, the Nature Center was closed.
The trail was dotted with the occasional wildflowers, and the calm waters of the lagoon were off to the south. I passed several other hikers and runners enjoying the nice wide trail. Although the way, interpretive signs will give you insight into the wildlife that inhabit the lagoon. After about 1.5 miles, the trail comes to an end, so I made my U-turn and returned to the car. At several spots, there are some benches if you want to stop and soak in the views. This is a great trail for those who want an easy trail to enjoy some nature.
I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea-kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest.