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The City of Carlsbad has nearly 50 miles of trails, supporting a healthy active lifestyle while protecting and preserving open space for residents to enjoy. Find trail locations throughout the city, including trails perfect for an easy scenic stroll, a challenging hike, mountain biking and beautiful views. Many trails also provide connections from neighborhoods to shops and local services.

Trails Master Plan

The Trails Master Plan update and environmental analysis are available online. The Trails Master Plan addresses:

  • The long term plan for maximizing the City of Carlsbad’s trail system.
  • Locations of planned future trails.
  • Strategies to ensure residents have access to a diverse array of well maintained trails today and for future generations.

The community has helped shape the Trails Master Plan update by sharing ideas about priorities and geographic areas where they’d like to see improvements to the trails system. The final draft reflects this input, as well as feedback from private property owners and state and federal natural resources agencies with jurisdiction over land in Carlsbad.

Happy Trails

Check out the Fall 2018/Winter 2019 issue of Happy Trails Newsletter. Find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities, new trail counters, migrating birds, trail captain openings and more!


Volunteer Opportunities 

Our Trails Volunteer Program teaches community members to build and maintain city trails. We educate on restoration and protection of natural habitats and open space, while promoting conservation. In 2016, there were 130 volunteers who logged nearly 2,000 service hours. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Trail Captain
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Organize & Implement Trails Work Day
  • Trail Markers/Sign Installation
  • Trail Construction
  • Citywide Trails Newsletter Production
  • Native Habitat Restoration

Sign up today or join us at one of the events below. For more information please call 760-434-2826. 

2018 Trail Cleanup Events

Join us monthly to participate in trails volunteer work. All events are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. but details are subject to change. To verify work locations, contact Kasia Trojanowska at 760-434-2838.  

View the entire upcoming 2019 Volunteer Trail Event Calendar for trail clean up dates and locations.

Quarterly Trail Volunteer Meetings

A great way to learn about the many trail volunteer opportunities is to attend quarterly trail volunteer meetings. Upcoming quarterly trail volunteer meeting dates for 2018 are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 6

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

    Fire Prevention Reminders on Trails and Open Space

    Due to the prolonged drought, our trails and open space are more vulnerable than ever to fire. Please follow these safety regulations and report fires immediately to 9-1-1. For non-emergency issues call the Police Department, 760-931-2197.

    • No motorized vehicles (CMC 11.32.030(11))
    • No smoking (CMC 11.32.030(22))
    • No fires (CMC 11.32.110)
    • No firearms (CMC 11.32.030(2))
    • No fireworks (CMC 11.32.030(4))

    Lake Calavera Preserve Improvements

    Get information on recent improvements made at this popular nature preserve or go directly to the FAQ for the project.

    Lake Level at Calavera Preserve

    Wondering about the lake level in Calavera Preserve? Read about it here in these frequently asked questions.

    "Hub Park" Lease 

    What is Hub Park? Can trails be created there? Read more about this hot topic in the community.


      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 are made possible through both volunteer and monetary support. Click here to make a contribution today.