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Trails Master Plan

The City of Carlsbad draft Trails Master Plan is a blueprint for how city trails will be developed and managed in the future. The environmental report for the plan was available for public review and input through May 5, 2017.

Comments on the environmental report may be submitted by mail or email:

Pam Drew, Associate Planner
1635 Faraday Ave
Carlsbad CA 92008

At a Glance

  • There are 67 miles of existing public trails in the City of Carlsbad
  • The Trails Master Plan will help ensure the city makes the most of its current trails and takes advantage of opportunities to expand the system
  • It was developed over the past three years with input from the community, natural resource agencies and others interested in trails and open space

The City of Carlsbad Trails Master Plan builds on past trail planning and development efforts to provide a framework for the city’s comprehensive trail system with the goals of:

  • Connecting people to nature
  • Making it easy to get around town on foot and by bicycle
  • Connecting to regional trails and trails in neighboring cities
  • Preserving natural resources
  • Promoting health and wellness
  • Enhancing tourism
  • Furthering the goals and policies in the city’s General Plan

About the Plan

The master plan was developed based on public input gathered during public meetings, an online survey and feedback on draft documents. Based on this input, city staff focused the plan on the following objectives:

  • Create a connected and complete trail system
  • Identify existing trails and future trail development opportunities
  • Accommodate a variety of trail users in safe and environmentally sensitive manner
  • Increase recreational opportunities
  • Integrate transportation (going to school, running errands, etc.) as part of the trail system

Approval Schedule

Upon the end of the public review and comment period for the environmental documents, staff will consider the comments collected, and evaluate any potential changes to the master plan. Staff is anticipating providing the City Council with an informational presentation on the updated Carlsbad Trails Master Plan in June 2017.

Ultimately, the trails master plan will go before the City of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission for review, and then back to the City Council for potential adoption. The tentative schedule for these meetings will be determined in the near future.   

  • Parks & Recreation Commission to consider forwarding the updated trails master plan to the City Council for adoption.
  • Planning Commission to consider approval of an amendment to the General Plan - so it is consistent with the trails master plan, plus approval of the environmental documents prepared for the trails master plan.
  • City Council to consider adoption of an amendment to the General Plan - so it is consistent with the trails master plan, plus the adoption of the updated trails master plan and related environmental documents.


Once the plan is approved, the City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department will utilize it to manage the citywide trails system and ensure its future availability and sustainability.

Related Info

Open space in Carlsbad
About the Trails Master Plan
Review the draft plan
Review the environmental documents
Upcoming trail volunteer events
Happy Trails newsletter
“Hub Park” info
Trail maps