Famosa Slough is a 37 acre Marine Conservation Area which protects fragile wetland habitat near the point where the San Diego River meets the Pacific Ocean. While the surrounding area has been heavily developed, this small portion of wetland provides a peaceful patch of nature. The Slough is a popular spot for birdwatchers year-round, and a frequent stopover point for migrating birds in the winter. Over 190 species of birds have been spotted here.
I should note that we encountered a number of homeless persons, some discreetly camped out in the bushes, on our visit. While we did not feel unsafe at any point, if you’re nervous about that sort of thing plan to do this one with a buddy.
We set off to explore Famosa Slough on an early Sunday morning. While it was clear and sunny at our house in East County, we found a thick marine layer still enveloped the coast, providing a beautiful and ethereal mist. We found an informational kiosk at the north end of the parking lot, and trails branching in three directions.
We reached the end of a cul de sac (Montalvo St.) and turned right, picking up the trail on the other side of the street. A short trail branched off to the right, leading down to the sections, but we continued straight, following a trail along the outside of the fence.
Continuing on, we had to cross West Point Loma Blvd before picking up the trail on the opposite side. On this side of the street, the trail ran along the eastern side of the water, and apartment buildings stood on our right.
Take I-8 west to Sunset Cliffs Blvd and turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Keep left to turn onto Nimitz Blvd. Continue on Nimitz Blvd fro approximately .6 miles, then take the ramp to the right towards Famosa Blvd. Turn right onto Famosa Blvd. Follow Famosa Blvd. until it crosses Valeta St, where it will dead-end at the Famosa Slough entrance. You find a small dirt parking lot on the left and the trailhead straight ahead. map
|Total Distance:||1.3 miles|
|Dog Friendly?:||Leashed dogs allowed|
|Bike Friendly?:||Bikes allowed|