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La Costa Glen

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Surface: Paved and unpaved; wheelchair accessible; flat to low hills
Length: 1.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy

The La Costa Glen trail is located in southwest Carlsbad adjacent to a linear open space corridor along Encinitas Creek. This soft service trail is easily accessible off El Camino Real at Calle Barcelona or Levante Street. Hikers will be pleasantly surprised by the sounds of songbirds in the riparian vegetation along the creek. This area is sometimes referred to as Green Valley. The southern maritime chaparral located in Green Valley supports critical populations of Del Mar manzanita and Encinitas baccharis as well as major populations of wart-stemmed ceanothus and Del Mar Mesa sand aster.

This trail also extends to the south and connects to the city of Encinitas trail that leads to Leucadia Boulevard.


I -5 to La Costa Avenue exit
East on La Costa Avenue to El Camino Real
Right (south) on El Camino Real to Calle Barcelona
Turn left at first signal light into The Forum shopping center parking lot.
Parking is available at the northwest corner of the Jimbo's parking lot.  The trail head is adjacent to the north edge of the parking lot (hikers will need to cross back over Calle Barcelona) and continues to the north to La Costa Glen Avenue (approximately one mile).