Trails

Harbaugh Seaside Trails

  • TRAIL STATUS: OPEN
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • DISTANCE (ROUND-TRIP): .5 mile

  • TIME: 20 minutes at a leisurely pace

  • HOURS: Sunrise to sunset

  • RESTROOMS: No

  • PETS/ANIMALS: Leashed dogs welcome

  • ENTRANCE:
    See map 1
    See map 2

  • CLOSEST PUBLIC TRANSIT:
    Solana Beach Train Station See map
    Breeze Bus 101: Schedules

  • BICYCLES: Yes
  • PARKING: None

  • TERRAIN: A flat wide path. The wave-style trail is accessible from Coast Highway 101’s Rail Trail in Solana Beach to the overlook deck at the northern end of the property.

Meet the newest Nature Collective hike!

Explore this new 3-acre coastal overlook at the gateway between Cardiff-by-the-Sea + Solana Beach. Cherished for its open space and expansive marine views, Harbaugh Seaside Trails is ideal for dog walking, sunset watching, and peaceful contemplation in nature.

Keep an eye out for:

No. 1

Myron + Joan Overlook

which provides expansive views of both the Pacific and the lagoon.

No. 2

Our donor dedication area

recognizes some of the 1200 people who helped save this spot from becoming a hotel, including the late George + Betty Harbaugh, whose charitable foundation donated $1.1 million and secured the naming rights to the property.

Overlook over the West BasinOverlook over the West Basin
No. 3

West Basin outlook + undercrossing

Offering a closer look of the West Basin and passage to the Rios West Trail that connects to the Nature Center Loop Trail.

On your hike, you might see . . .

Native Plant Community at Harbaugh Seaside Trails

Native plant communities

Find all 4 marked along your path – maritime succulent, maritime chaparral, maritime scrub, and coastal dune.

Snowy Egret

often seen hunting for small fish and crustaceans along the mudflats in the West Basin.

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More to Explore

Rios West Trail 

Connect through the undercrossing and visit the Buhr + Martin Nature Bridges.

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Nature Center

Visit the County LEED-certified Nature Center.

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Nature Center Loop Trail

As you hike, you see why this approachable trail is a local favorite.

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