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Trails Master Plan

The City of Carlsbad 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. The responses to comments received during 30 day review period are available for viewing. City Council adopted the updated Trails Master Plan on Aug. 27, 2019.

At a Glance

  • There are approximately 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 four 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 responded to the comments collected, and made revisions to the master plan. 

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 is as follows:

  • Parks & Recreation Commission - June 17, 2019: Parks & Recreation Commission forwarded the updated Trails Master Plan to the City Council for adoption.
  • Planning Commission - July 17, 2019: Planning Commission approved an amendment to the General Plan - so it is consistent with the Trails Master Plan, and approved the environmental documents prepared for the Trails Master Plan.
  • City Council - Aug. 27, 2019: City Council adopted an amendment to the General Plan - so it is consistent with the Trails Master Plan, and adopted the updated Trails Master Plan and related environmental documents.


The City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department will utilize the Trails Master Plan to manage the citywide trails system and ensure its future availability and sustainability.

Related Info

Open space in Carlsbad
About the Trails Master Plan
Trails Master Plan
Environmental Documents
Upcoming trail volunteer events
Happy Trails newsletter
“Hub Park” info
Trail maps