The Batiquitos Lagoon is a coastal wetland located in northern San Diego County. For those familiar with the area, it is located just off the 5 freeway in Carlsbad. If you'd like to learn more about the site you can visit the lagoon's website here, but I'd recommend just taking a visit one morning.
The trail is about 1.6 miles from the entrance to the end. While 3.2 miles may sound a little long for the beginner, the trail is flat with a good combination of sun and shade. The foundation has also installed several new benches throughout the trail, so it's also quite easy to stop and rest. There are many other walkers, joggers and folks with dogs- but all of the dogs I observed were well behaved and on leashes, which is the local law.
Overall the trail is in excellent condition and gives many opportunities to enjoy the wetlands without going into the mud or climbing any steep grades. Many fellow walkers may also be chatting with one another or even talking on the phone, but in between you'll find a wonderful assortment of birds to listen to. The trail starts out sandy but becomes compacted dirt by the end of the trail. You can find this hike and others in the book "Best Easy Day Hikes San Diego" (Amazon Link). I'll be posting a brief review as I hike each of the trails in this book, one at a time- so stay tuned for more trail reviews.