South Carlsbad State Beach

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South Carlsbad State Beach is a 3.9 mile out and back trail located near Carlsbad, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.9 miles 95 feet Out & Back

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running



This San Diego beach is popular for surfing, fishing, skin diving and camping. This guide takes you from end to end. South Carlsbad State Beach is a great stretch of bluff-lined beach that makes a beautiful place to amble about, exploring the beach, enjoying the sunshine and the ocean breezes. At low tide, the beach becomes a broad, almost level expanse of sand strewn with seaweed, sea shells, well worn beach stones and other treasures. This walk will take you from North Ponto (the north end of the park), down the beach to South Ponto, then back along the top of the coastal bluff. At low tide, the beach is broad and flat, but at high tide, the surf can extend to the foot of the bluffs, making the beach impassable. With this route, you can modify it to suit your interest and the tides, choosing to do the entire walk on the beach or along the bluff. You can also start from South Ponto at the southern end of the park and do this beach walk in reverse.

9 months ago

Beautiful beach to walk on, plenty of places to visit (for dinner) on the way back via the street. Pay attention to the tides before you go.