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.
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.
Find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities, the new ranger pilot program, beetle tree damage, National Public Lands Day event and more!
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:
Organize & Implement Trails Work Day
Trail Markers/Sign Installation
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.
A great way to learn about the many trail volunteer opportunities is to attend Quarterly Trail Volunteer Meetings. Quarterly Trail Volunteer Meeting dates are:
Dec. 14 Trails Volunteer Appreciation Event
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.