Trails & Outdoors

The City of Carlsbad has nearly 50 miles of trails. Find trail locations throughout the city, including trails perfect for a easy scenic stroll, a challenging hike, mountain biking and beautiful views.

Lake Calavera Trails

Lake Calavera Trails

Lake Calavera Preserve features wetlands, a lake, coastal sage-scrub and volcanic Mt. Calavera. This oasis tucked into the suburban sprawl of North County offers satisfying diversity for a hike this brief, as well as a few adventurous moments and surprises on the trail. Moderate to difficult.
Location: See map.
Hosp Grove Trails

Hosp Grove Trails

Located in north Carlsbad, this trail is one of the most extensive in the citywide trail system. It winds through a huge grove of mature eucalyptus trees planted many years ago for the railroad industry with the intention for the wood to be used in the construction of rail lines. The unpaved trail climbs to more than 100 feet in elevation and offers great views of the adjacent Buena Vista Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. Moderate to difficult.
Location: Take the I-5 to the Las Flores exit and head west on Las Flores to Jefferson Street. Turn right on Jefferson Street and continue on Jefferson for approximately a half mile. The Hosp Grove Park parking lot will be on the right.
Coastal Rail Trail

Coastal Rail Trail

The trail running alongside the railroad and spanning between Oak Street and Tamarack Avenue represents the first construction section in Carlsbad of San Diego County`s Coastal Rail Trail. Easy.
Location: Parking is available in Carlsbad Village, along Oak Street and Tamarack Avenue.
Water`s End

Water`s End

Located west of the Water`s End housing community, this off-street biking alternative to the bike lanes on Avenida Encinas includes interpretive signage and information on an endangered fairy shrimp species that inhabits seasonal vernal pools ear the trail and the railroad right-of-way near the south end of the trail. Easy.
Location: Parking is available at the Poinsettia Coaster Station trailhead, west of the train station kiosks.
Rancho La Costa Preserve

Rancho La Costa Preserve

The four trails located in the Villages of La Costa offer a variety of trail experiences from long, rugged difficult, dirt trails, such as the Ridgeline Trail, to easy, paved trails such as the Old Rancho Santa Fe Road Trail. Moderate to difficult.
Location: See map.
Agua Hedionda Lagoon & Discovery Center

Agua Hedionda Lagoon & Discovery Center

Agua Hedionda Lagoon sometimes referred to as Carlsbad Lagoon, is a saltwater wetland and watershed and offers year-round recreational and commercial use. The lagoon includes mud flats, salt, and freshwater marsh, and deep water and is actually comprised of three lagoons: a 66-acre outer lagoon, a 27-acre middle lagoon, and 293-acre inner lagoon. It has facilities for boating, skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, windsurfing, and fishing. The Carlsbad lagoon is home to Hubbs/Sea World White Sea Bass Hatchery and Carlsbad Aquafarm, a commercial mussel-farming operation. Kayaking the lagoon is a popular activity and is best at high tide when numerous streams appear bringing a multitude of birds and wildlife.
Location: 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 804-1969