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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.

Trail Closure Information

  • Rancho Carrillo Trail East will have portions closed for habitat restoration from Nov. 18 to potentially Jan. 1, 2020 (dependent on weather)

Trails Master Plan

The Trails Master Plan update and environmental analysis are available online. The Trails Master Plan addresses:

  • 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 master plan document reflects this input, as well as feedback from private property owners and state and federal natural resources agencies with jurisdiction over land in Carlsbad.

Happy Trails

Check out the Fall 2019 issue of Happy Trails Newsletter. Find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities, rattlesnake warnings, National Trails Day, trail event updates and more!


Volunteer Opportunities

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 the FY 18, volunteers donated over 1,250 hours of trail work with a total value of approximately $31,000.

Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Trail Captain
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Fence/Sign Installation

Sign up today or join us at one of the events below. For more information please call 760-434-2826. 

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 Michael Tully at 760-434-2838.  See 2020 trail volunteer event calendar.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Robertson Ranch Trail 


Quarterly Trail Volunteer Meetings

A great way to learn about the many trail volunteer opportunities is to attend quarterly trail volunteer meetings. Upcoming quarterly trail volunteer meeting dates for 2019 are:   

  • Dec. 5      Volunteer Appreciation Event

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))

Habitat Management Plan


The Habitat Management Plan was developed by the city, in cooperation with federal and state wildlife agencies, to preserve and protect sensitive biological resources within the city while allowing for continued economic development. The City of Carlsbad is the only city in North County with an approved Habitat Management Plan, which is a comprehensive approach to preserving natural land for plant and animal species. 

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.