Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes Mile: 1/4 mile in either direction
Parking: The parking lot for the trail recently closed down, but there is still parking next door at Viewpoint Brewing Company. If you do park here, make sure to patronize their business by purchasing a meal and/or drink
The River Path Del Mar Phase 2 is actually part of a much larger project. Eventually, this will be part of a 70 mile trail system that connects Del Mar all the way to Volcan Mountain in Julian known as the Coast to Crest trail. There are already many trails you can take throughout it to get an idea of what it’s like.
The River path has trails that go in both directions of the parking lot, each being about a quarter mile hike. The trail heading east will lead you to a beautiful lookout of the San Dieguito lagoon. The trail heading east will lead you to a small watering hole with a bridge that connects to Del Mar Dog Beach.
Phase 1 and 2 of the River Path Del Mar were completed in 2015 and 2016 through a joint effort between the City of Del Mar, County of San Diego and Nature Conservancy. Over $450,000 was raised to help fund the project.
Phase 3 of the River Path will be approximately 1/2 mile long and will extend the path from the Grand Avenue Overlook to the Crest Canyon Trail.
Part of an old railroad. I haven’t looked into the history of this yet:
Cute dog enjoying a swim: