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Carlsbad Oaks North

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 shouldered hawk 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 trail head parking is located at the corner of Faraday Ave. and El Fuerte St. next to the block house 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.


Carlsbad Oaks North - Palomar Forum Business Park trails improvements

The July trails clean-up event took place on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Carlsbad Oaks North Business and the Palomar Forum Business Park trails. Volunteers, including cub scouts and parents from Pack 740, improved the trails with general trail maintenance duties including erosion repairs and removing truckloads of dead mustard, thistle, and other weeds that were previously cut down. New trailhead signage was also installed at each end of the trails.

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 thornmint, and thread-leaved brodiaea.