ENCINITAS — Once one of the wildest stretches in the San Elijo Lagoon and a once off limits and vandalism-prone area is being opened to the public next week.
Annie’s Canyon Trail, named after a Solana Beach woman whose donation fueled the restoration effort of the sandstone slot canyon, will make its public debut June 21.
The steep, quarter-mile loop trail is highlighted by breathtaking ocean views and beautiful sandstone walls. Previously, the area was prone to vandals and San Elijo Ecological Reserve officials deemed it off limits to the public.
The grand opening ceremony kicks off at 1 p.m. June 21. County Parks representatives and Conservancy Director Doug Gibson will welcome the public to explore it in the inaugural hike.
Staff members with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy will also lead guided tours of the trail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25, and the conservancy is encouraging people to contribute $5 to continue to restore the trail.
Hikers who make a contribution will receive commemorative stickers.
The trail is considered moderate to strenuous.