Annie's Canyon Hike 'n Taco

Saturday, July 27, 2024



The Rock Church Hiking Ministry summer sunset series continues with a 3.65-mile adventure to Annie's Canyon at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. It's a great time of fellowship, hiking and enjoying the beauty of God's creation! Afterwards, we'll go out for tacos!

This moderate hike will take us to Annie's Canyon, a super cool slot canyon. Re-opened a few years ago, it's a hike unlike any in San Diego County.

Meet at 4:30 p.m. The adventure begins at 4:45 p.m., so please arrive on time.

We'll meet at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center. Park across the street at the San Elijo Water Campus, 2695 Manchester Ave, Cardiff 92007. We'll walk along Manchester Ave., cross the lagoon over a footbridge, head down the North Coast Trail and meet up with the Rios Trail, which will take us to Annie's Canyon. We'll finish the hike by going up the Pole Trail back to the Nature Center.

Please self-evaluate your hiking and fitness levels before attempting this hike.

The slot canyon is narrow, slippery and may be uncomfortable to those who don't like tight spaces. The canyon walls are like coarse sandpaper. You may want to wear long sleeves and have gloves for this part of the hike.

You must sign the Rock Church waiver form to participate in this hike.

Check out Vinnie's Annie's Canyon hike from last August here.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9 

  • Difficulty: Moderate, the slot canyon (optional) is a tight fit
  • Highlight: Beautiful slot canyon, ocean views
  • Distance: 3.65 miles (round trip)
  • Elevation Gain: 180 feet
  • Hiking Time: approximately 2.5 hours
  • Dogs on leash permitted but not in the slot canyon
  • Weather: Hike will be cancelled in case of extreme weather
 What to Bring
  • Good running or hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, dress in layers as it will cool down
  • Wear long sleeves and bring gloves if you don't want to be scratched by the canyon walls
  • Hat or visor
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Water (1 liter recommended)
  • Salty snacks 
  • Sunscreen/Sunglasses 
  • Flashlight or headlamp (just in case)

Carpool Address

No carpool for this hike

Parking Lot Address (San elijo Water Campus)

2695 Manchester Ave, Cardiff 92007

Saturday · July 27, 2024
4:30 - 7:30 PM
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
If you have questions, please contact Vinnie Freeman at
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