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Saturday community group hike - Lake Calavera Preserve - Saturday, April 12, 2014

Approximately 85 hikers came out for two community group hikes on Saturday, April 12 at the Lake Calavera Preserve. A highlight of the hike was crossing the newly constructed boardwalks that elevate the trail along the wetlands of Calaveras Creek. Botanist James Dillane, of the California Native Plant Society led this hike while hikers observed and discussed the native wildflowers and their habitat. A second more vigorous three-mile hike took participants through the west side of the Preserve and up Mt. Calavera. Read more about the Lake Calavera Boardwalk Trails project on the city website

Saturday trail work – Filoli Circle in La Costa clean up – Saturday, March 8, 2014

On Saturday, March 8th, approximately 25 volunteers attended the monthly trail work event – which was held at the Filoli Circle Trail.  This trail is a small connector trail from Rancho Santa Fe Road to the Ridgeline Trail within the Rancho La Costa Preserve.  The volunteers installed new directional and informational signs, filled in trail ruts, weeded and trimmed brush along the

Saturday trail work - El Fuerte Trail in Bressi Ranch clean up – Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

While the rest of the country was blanked in snow or wrestling with blizzards, Carlsbad trail volunteers enjoyed the bright sunshine and blue skies of southern California on a very productive morning of trail work.  Approximately 30 trail volunteers came out to help clean up the one mile stretch of trail along El Fuerte Street in Bressi Ranch.  The morning’s work included installation of six new trail signs, refurbishment of the informational kiosk at Poinsettia Lane and El Fuerte Street, and lots of weeding and litter pick up along the approximately one mile stretch of trails.


Trail Volunteer Appreciation Event - Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at the Senior Center

The City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department hosted more than 50 trail volunteers who donated a significant amount of volunteer hours throughout 2013.  The Trail Volunteer Appreciation Event was kicked off with a welcome reception where Parks & Recreation Director Chris Hazeltine thanked the volunteers for the significant contribution their time and dedication makes for the entire Carlsbad community.  Other city staff, like Parks Superintendent Kyle Lancaster, Park Planning Manager Liz Ketabian and Associate Engineer Steve Jantz, thanked the volunteers and delivered a presentation with facts and photos on all of the work volunteers accomplished cleaning and repairing trails throughout the year. A Boy Scout in attendance with his father described the many projects he had assisted with, and the volunteer trail captains posed for the group photo below. Representatives from the Center for Natural Lands Management and other city departments were also in attendance for the appreciation event.

AIG Adopts Trail at Hidden Valley - Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 

As part of the City's Adopt-a-Trail program, 22 volunteers participated in a trail clean-up of the Hidden Valley Trail.  The group worked hard all morning clearing the trail of overgrown brush and tree limbs, in addition to installing 2 trailhead posts for the Hidden Valley Trail signs.  A special thanks to the many volunteers from the AIG Corporation, all in blue AIG volunteer shirts, who used the trail clearing efforts as a team building activity.  The approximately 51 hours of volunteer hours provided a positive benefit to the trail and surrounding environment.

Saturday Trail Work - Arroyo Vista Trail Clean Up -Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013Nov-9-Trail-Event

On Saturday, Nov. 9, approximately 28 volunteers participated in a trail clean up at the Arroyo Vista Trail in southeast Carlsbad.  The trail work included filling in ruts on the existing trail east of Rancho Santa Fe Rd. and clearing brush, invasive plants and litter at the far east end of the trail.  Many of the volunteers were Carlsbad High School Interact Club members and parents, who worked along with neighbors to make a positive impact to the trail condition and adjacent native habitat.  Everyone worked diligently in the warm autumn weather to accomplish a whopping 65 hours of trail volunteer service! 

Saturday Trail Work - La Costa Glen Trail Clean Up - Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

City trail volunteers and parks maintenance staff partnered with SOP, a local software business, to clean up this popular south Carlsbad trail.  A total of 31 volunteers, including one Indian Princess, picked up litter, cleared brush and repaired erosion along the unpaved open space trail. 

By the end of this beautiful fall morning, over a dozen large bags of trash were removed and a half mile of brushing restored the trail to tip-top condition for hikers and bikers further enjoyment.

 National Public Lands Day - Sept. 28, 2013 - Lake Calavera

Volunteers at Lake CalaveraCarlsbad celebrated National Public Lands Day with a volunteer event that brought nearly 70 community members and city staff together to conduct trail maintenance and restoration activities, such as planting 300 native plants in a one-acre habitat restoration site, brushing and conducting trail erosion repairs and doing litter patrol.

Those who participated had the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Boardwalk Trails project that will soon be constructed across the creek and in wetland areas.  Many hiked around the six miles of trails within the preserve.

City staff and local Boy Scouts were on hand to assist with the planting activities and participated in a hike on the North Shore trail learning about the native plants and animals in the preserve.  An interpretive panel, one of five recently installed at the preserve, received creative nature-themed stenciling of paw-prints of the many critters that can be found in the area.

National Trails Day - June 1, 2013 - Robertson Ranch

Volunteers at Robertson RanchMore than 100 people joined the City of Carlsbad in a group hike to commemorate National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails, with a 3.5 mile group hike on the Robertson Ranch trail. The guided group hike included stops at points of interest and presentations by naturalists and other speakers who can address the unique nature of the trail and its surroundings.

National Trails Day began in the late 1980s and is organized as a national commemorative day by the American Hiking Society.

“Trails are one of the most unique and cherished aspects of the Carlsbad community,” says Liz Ketabian, City of Carlsbad park planning manager. “Every year we have hundreds of volunteers who help to maintain our wonderful trail system for all to enjoy. We are excited to have this specific day to hike and introduce the newly completed trail at Robertson Ranch into the citywide trail system, as part of Carlsbad’s 46 miles of trails.” 


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Liz Ketabian, Park Planner

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Carlsbad, CA 92008