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For more informationation about the Citywide Trails Program, click here.

Read the latest Happy Trails newsletter here.

Click here to view the 2014 Trail Volunteer Calendar of trail clean up dates and locations, and quarterly meeting dates.

Maps for individual trails and citywide trails divided by north and south portions of the city are available at all community centers and libraries, or view them online:

Trail

Length

Difficulty

Surface

Type

Aviara 

6 miles

Moderate to difficult

Unpaved. Flat to hilly 

Open space
Bressi

1 mile

Paved and unpaved Circulation

Calavera Hills Village H North

0.5 mile

Moderate to difficult

Unpaved

Open space
Calle Barcelona

1 mile

Moderate to difficult Paved Circulation

Carlsbad Oaks North Business Park

 

1.3 miles

Moderate to difficult

Unpaved 

Open space
Coastal Rail Trail 

0.7 mile

Easy Paved Special
College-Calavera Hills

0.5 mile

Easy to moderately difficult Unpaved Circulation

Golf Course - Veterans Park 

4 miles

Moderate to difficult

Paved and unpaved. Moderately hilly 

Open space

Hidden Canyon 

0.25 mile

Easy

Unpaved. Flat to hilly

Open space

Legoland 

0.5 mile

 Easy

Paved

Connector

Hosp Grove

3 miles

Moderate to difficult

 

Unpaved.  Moderately hilly to steep; up to 100 ft. difference in elevation 

Open space

La Costa Glen

1.2 miles

Easy

(wheelchair accessible)

Paved and unpaved

Open space

La Costa Valley

1.3 miles

Easy

(wheelchair accessible)

Paved and unpaved

Open space
Lake Calavera

6.24 miles

Moderate to difficult Paved and unpaved. Flat to steep, wet, rocky Open space

Rancho Carrillo

4 miles

Easy to moderately difficult

(wheelchair accessible)

Paved and unpaved.  Flat to moderately hilly

Open space
Rancho La Costa Preserve

4 miles

Easy to difficult, depending on trail Mix of paved, stabilized decomposed granite and rocky native soils. Flat to hilly and rugged, challenging Open space
Robertson Ranch

0.5 mile

Unpaved Circulation
Poinsettia Lane

1.5 miles

Moderate to difficult Unpaved Circulation

San Pacifico 

1 mile

 

Unpaved

Open space
Sea Wall

0.7 mile

Moderate to difficult Paved Special

Villagio - Arroyo Vista

 

0.5 mile

Easy (wheelchair accessible)

Unpaved. Flat

Open space
Waters End 0.25 mile Easy Unpaved, stabilized decomposed granite Open space

 

Second Saturday trail work 

trail work volunteers

On the second Saturday of each month, volunteers participate in trails work. All events are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  To verify work locations, contact Liz Ketabian 760-434-2978. Event details are subject to change. 

View the volunteer calendar for trail clean up dates and locations.

Saturday trail volunteer events include:
  • April 12 – Lake Calavera - Group Hike - no clean up View flyer.
  • April 26 - Arbor Day celebration - Holiday Park View flyer.
  • May 10 - The Ranch and Sante Fe Trails
  • June 7 – Lake Calavera Preserve- National Trail Day
  • Carlsbad residents are aware that it takes a partnership with the community to responsibly manage the unique and valuable natural resources we’ve been blessed with as a coastal community. Trails provide access and a nature window into these unique and valuable natural resources, as well as providing opportunities for leading a healthy lifestyle by walking, biking or hiking. Living adjacent to lagoons, hillsides of coastal sage, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean is not taken for granted by many who call this area home and so many local residents choose to volunteer their time helping in the maintenance and care of approximately 38 miles of trails that provide access to enjoy these unique natural areas within our community.

    Quarterly trail volunteer meetings

    A great way to learn about the many trail volunteer opportunities is to attend Quarterly Trail Volunteer Meetings. The next 2014 Quarterly Trail Volunteer Meeting dates are:

    • March 20
    • June 19
    • Sept. 18
    • Dec. 18

    All meetings take place at 5 p.m. at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., in the downtown village area of Carlsbad, next to Pine Park.

    Read summaries of past meetings and events.

    Help keep Carlsbad trails safe and clean for everyone to enjoy.

    Contributions from community organizations, businesses and individuals are critical to the success of the growing Citywide Trails program. The safety, beauty and sustainability of trails is made possible through both volunteer and monetary support.

     

    Contact Information

    Parks & Recreation
    Liz Ketabian, park planner
    liz.ketabian@carlsbadca.gov
    760-434-2978

    799 Pine Ave., Suite 200
    Carlsbad, CA 92008

    Report maintenance issues
    760-434-2824