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The City of Carlsbad has approximately 67 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.

Due to the number of people continuing to gather at city parks, trails and beaches, the City of Carlsbad announced it will temporarily close these public areas starting March 23 to help slow the spread of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Please know that deciding to close parks, trails and other public gathering spaces was not made lightly. We know these public spaces contribute greatly to your quality of life in Carlsbad. We have an obligation to follow the guidance of public health officials with the goal of maintaining our community’s safety. Please understand that this is an area where we continue to need your support. We appreciate everyone’s vigilance, and we need you to help our first responders stay focused on the highest priority calls. Read more


Trail Volunteer Events

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. Last year, volunteers donated over 1,250 hours of trail work with a total value of approximately $31,000. Volunteer opportunities include trail maintenance, fence/sign installation and trail captain. Sign up today or join us at a monthly event.

All events are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. but details are subject to change. 

  • Saturday, March 28     Canceled
  • Saturday, April 25        Arbor Day - canceled

    To verify work locations, contact Michael Tully at 760-434-2838. See full 2020 trail volunteer event calendar which includes quarterly trail volunteer meetings. 


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))