Surface: Unpaved; flat, moderately hilly to steep
Length: 1.3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Riparian habitat along the north side of the trail is home to a diverse array of wildlife including, coyote, raptors, lizards, snakes and small rodents. Many red shoulderedhawk and other native bird species can be seen in this diverse habitat along the trail.
Beware of poison oak off of the trail as it is a very prevalent native species of oak riparian habitat and the upland habitat along both sides of the trail.
Location: Northeast Carlsbad, between Melrose Ave. and El Fuerte Street and north of Palomar Airport Rd. and south of Faraday Ave.
Parking: A small park with trailhead parking is located at the corner of Faraday Ave. and El Fuerte St. next to the blockhouse pump station facility. There is also an informational kiosk with maps and other trail information at the park to help guide visitors to the open space trail just south of the trailhead parking.
The westerly trailhead commences on El Fuerte St., about 100 yards south of the pump station; the public parking lot terminates approximately one mile east of the intersection of Melrose Ave. and Palomar Airport Rd. The City of Carlsbad maintains the 1.3 miles of trails while the Center for Natural Lands Management manages and maintains the adjacent large conservation area that supports a number of habitat types, including coast live oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral and native grassland as well as many rare and sensitive plant and animal species, such as the coastal California gnatcatcher, San Diego thorn mint, and thread-leaved brodiaea.