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Best trails in South Carlsbad State Beach

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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.

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

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Map of trails in South Carlsbad State Beach
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#1 - South Carlsbad State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
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.Show more