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Tijuana River Marsh Loop

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 3.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Easy run past flowers and marsh near a large slough off the Tijuana River.


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2.9

Miles

4.7

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Runnable

19' 6 m

High

8' 2 m

Low

12' 4 m

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11' 3 m

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

The Regional Park is open from 8 AM to sunset, but the ranger told me that you can park and run there from sunrise to sunset. There was no fee. Dogs are not allowed within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, which includes this entire trail.

Overview

Easy run on a dirt road past flowers and marsh with water views. This area is an ideal spot for birders. The park is part of the Pacific Flyway and a huge variety of bird species have been reported here.

Description

The trail, a wide dirt road, starts from the parking lot at the northwest corner of the Tijuana River Valley Campground. Head north to a junction and follow that road to the west, gradually approaching a slough off the Tijuana River. Even during a year of extreme drought, in mid-May the road was densely bordered by a wide variety of tall, lush wildflowers. I can only imagine what it would be like in a year of normal or high rainfall.

This area is an ideal spot for birders. The park is part of the Pacific Flyway and a huge variety of bird species have been reported here. I didn't see a large number of birds in mid-afternoon, but if you are a birder, you'll know the best times to come for birds and when the migratory birds join the local birds. Signs warn of rattlesnakes. I did not see any, but a saw many snake tracts crossing the dust of the road.

One distraction is there is a Naval Landing Field less than a mile to the north. One or more helicopters are often circling around, so the pilots can get in-flight hours and practice landings.

At the junction with the Marsh Spur Trail turn left. As the trail continues south, it crosses a stream bed that may be flooded or very muddy during the rainy season. Just beyond this, the road curves to the west, paralleling the streambed. 1/4th mile to the west, the road cuts back to curve around a Model Marsh for the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

On reaching the road for the South Beach Trail, following it back to the campground and parking lot.

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Shared By:

Lee Watts

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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Nasturtiums and wild radishes and other flowers line the road.
May 24, 2021 near Imperia…, CA
Deep fields of wild radish, musturd and other flowers in mid-May during a year of extreme drought
May 24, 2021 near Imperia…, CA
Lush flowers even in a year of extreme drought.
May 24, 2021 near Imperia…, CA

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