The best way to experience the natural beauty of the lagoon is by walking the trail which is located on the north side. This roped trail is about 1.6 miles long, and suitable for nature lovers of all levels!
The trail itself is wide and gentle, and easily accommodates serious hikers and families alike. Dogs on leashes are welcomed, as well as wheelchairs and strollers that are able to handle the terrain. There is only one small rolling hill on the trail, making it a popular choice for young children.
There are multiple opportunities to observe birds, fish and other wildlife in all their glory while walking on the trail. Coyotes, bobcats, snakes, rats, spiders, bees along with many other animals all call the lagoon their home. It is strongly recommended to keep your distance and admire them from afar!
When you begin the trail at the start, the Nature Center is about 30 yards down. The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center (BLNC) provides information on guided walks, special events and a free trail map and nature guide. Since it is entirely staffed by volunteers, it’s best to call ahead to confirm it is open if you’re planning to visit.
If you’re looking for trail markers, the first one is about 75 yards from the Nature Center. Look for the first bench past the trees as you look to the east from the Nature Center. It is a wooden post with a white painted number on the top of it.
Did you Know?
Evidence of human habitation around Batiquitos Lagoon dates back 8,000 years. The Batiquitos Lagoon is said to have been a trading outpost for pirates in the 1600s. Although no evidence has been found, there is a local legend that claims that there is buried treasure on the island.
Continuing on the trail, you’ll find a gravel road with a locked gate at the end. This is a protected bird nesting area, including the Least Tern. If you are walking the trail between May and August, you may get lucky enough to spot the Least Tern migrating to the lagoon to nest! Don’t forget your binoculars.
There are many opportunities to schedule a guided walk for school groups, children or join a public walk. Of course, a self-guided walk using the 13 sign posts and trail map from the Nature Center is always an option.
School walks are an exciting choice for class field trips! There are multiple topics to select from, including wetland habitats, birds, geology, among others. A volunteer docent will lead the class, and the teacher must contact the Foundation 2-4 weeks in advance to schedule.
Children’s walks are available for scouts, nature groups or other children’s groups. These walks must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
Public walks are typically scheduled alongside a presentation at the Nature Center, on the second Saturday of each month at 9am. These walks are a great opportunity to learn about interesting flora, fauna, geology or insects.
Throughout the year, there are also special events planned at the lagoon. Children love summer camp and there is a lagoon clean up day for kayakers scheduled every September.