Explore the most popular trails in South Carlsbad State Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Park Information This San Diego beach features swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead to the beach. Campground showers---TOKEN operated Token machines at ranger station and campfire center Tokens available upon check-in Service Reductions California State Parks is implementing service reductions in order to meet Department budget cuts this fiscal year. Service reductions implemented Fall 2009 through Summer 2010 include one loop of the campground closed October 2009 - February 2010, day-use parking at South Ponto by automatic pay machine only, facilities maintenance reduced 50%, including trash cleanup, and reduced lifeguard service. Visitors are encouraged to 'Pack it in, Pack it out', so the beach remains free of trash. These service reductions are designed to ensure that California State Parks achieve cost savings, minimize disruption to visitors as much as possible, and maintain revenue at the highest level possible.

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washed out
1 month ago

Some sections of the trail on the bluff to the north are washed out and you have to run on the road, but it was incentive to run on in the beach instead. Beautiful scenery and not crowded.

trail running
9 months ago

I was able to enjoy a 5 mile run here. I wish the trail extended the entire way instead of having to run in the bike lane on the 101. Gorgeous view otherwise.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Rocky walk on the beach. Tide must be out or you have to walk on the bluff which runs along side the road at some parts.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Beautiful scenery! And all those rocks!

scenic driving
Monday, March 12, 2018

Nice sunsets

hiking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The parking was surprisingly easy, but the path to the wooden stairs to descend onto the rocky beach was slightly difficult to locate. I would suggest checking the tide schedule, as high tide decreases the amount of beach to hike/ walk upon, if you are squirmish about wet socks and shoes. Clean beach with beautiful vistas! Very easy hike; great scenery with lots of surfers in the waters! Maybe my starting point was off, but from the parking lot and heading as far left, once on the beach was less than 1ml.

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

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.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Friday, December 29, 2017

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Friday, December 29, 2017

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

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Thursday, April 27, 2017