Rancho Carrillo Loop Trail

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Carrilllo Ranch Park

Rancho Carrillo Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 150 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips



partially paved


wild flowers


11 days ago

The trail is open again - just bring a mask for when you pass people.

1 month ago

The trail is closed because of the COVID-19 shelter in place order.

2 months ago

Easy but loved the bird watching.

4 months ago

Gotta love Leo Carrillo for a nice family walk. We really enjoy seeing old structures, little bridges, plants and especially the peacocks! Bring a little lunch for the picnic tables and enjoy a little family outing! :)

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8 months ago

Not a bad loop for a family stroll or someone just getting into a weightless or exercise regimen. The trail is easy and well maintained. Someone could easily push a stroller, wheel chair or Walker around this loop. There are a few small hills but nothing too crazy. I was slightly disappointed that a small portion of the loop is a sidewalk through a residential neighborhood. I have included a link below for my video review if you care to see it. https://youtu.be/3wsa0ychukY

After deliberation on the different entry points to the trail, My hubbs, our 8.5-year old and I ended up completing 2 miles. We were a bit disappointed to hit sidewalks in the residential area. This was a neat little trail, but ill-advised when the temperature is above 78.

Wed Apr 24 2019

Packed dirt. Starts off easy they there is some climb. But a great little trail to get your cardio up.

Tue Mar 19 2019

This trail is close to my house and is a good local trail for an evening walk. A change from walking the sidewalks around the neighborhood.

Wed Mar 13 2019

One worker was very rude about no dogs allowed before we were in the park and how they were about to close at only 4:30.

Tue Mar 05 2019

Such a nice place and they have peacocks! One walks around and one stays on the stage in the 'town'. Looked like they were doing renovations for summer but you can still walk around and stroll. Very easy walk. Do some laps if you want some more walk. Lots of potential for this estate. They do event and weddings here I believe as well

Sun Mar 03 2019

Went to visit the park that this trail go around. Park was closed due the rains. Trail was muddy in places however had beautiful examples of native flowers which was great. Easy trail with not many people. Peacocks were abundant.

Wed Jan 02 2019

Beautiful trail, mostly for running though! Try it early in the morning, more beautiful if it is raining!

Sun Sep 16 2018

This trail is a great option if you're looking for a quick outing with your dogs. You can definitly tell that you're in a neighborhood since the trail goes from dirt to paved and back to dirt so keep that in mind. All in all, it's a nice walk, flat and easy to navigate since it takes you in a loop. Walking at a medium pace takes you about an hour.

Mon Apr 16 2018

Beautiful and fun! Nice trail. Easy and lovely.

Mon Oct 09 2017

Great easy hike and good stop by the grounds and look around

Thu May 04 2017

fairly whatever as a trail, beautiful for sightseeing and as a historic site...wonderful to walk through the buildings and alongside the peafowl that live there

Sat Mar 18 2017

This is OK place for tourists but I don't see this as a place to for hiking. There are several hiking trails right here in No San Diego County that are much better. Most of the people were there for picnic lunches and general sight seeing. Won't be back

Mon Jan 16 2017

As trails go, it's a standard creek walk for the area, so if you really want to have an experience here you want to allow for exploring the Carrillo ranch that is maintained nearby. Huell Howser even made an episode there, so you know it's a cool place to visit.

Fri Dec 30 2016

Very pleasant. Be sure to check out the historic buildings while you are there.

Sat Jul 23 2016

Not very impressed with this trail. Just not much to look at. It is, however, pretty good for beginners because it is mostly flat and you can make it longer if you want. It has two loop trails (East and West), each about 2 miles. I did both today, totaling about 4 miles. The trails are not well marked and the West trail just comes to an end in a residential area. I had to just walk around trying to figure out how to get back to Leo Carillo Ranch, where I parked. I do not recommend the trail, but the ranch is a pretty cool place and worth a look. Lots of history there!

Tue Feb 09 2016


Tue Dec 08 2015

Not much in the way of views, but has some shade.

Sat May 23 2015

This place is nestled away in a great area. Beautiful and green, with the added bonus of a peacock park in the middle of it for an extra loop. Very easy walk. Would be great to trail run or bike on. Minimal foot traffic on a Saturday late morning/early afternoon.

Sun Apr 26 2015

Nice little walk, it says here 1.0 miles, but you can take it around the park and the sign reads 2.0 miles. There's other trails that connect and go different ways also.

Sat Apr 13 2013

It's the historical ranch home of actor Leo Carrillo. It's not much of a hike but makes a really nice walk for a family with small children. There is a lot to see including Leo's adobe home and dozens of peacocks that roam the grounds freely. There is a path around the park that makes about a half mile loop.

Thu May 24 2012

Very simple trail. It is best accessed from the other side of melrose where there is a small dirt parking lot. You are basically walking between two neighborhoods so the trail can be busy after work. Nice little place to take the dog for a short walk. Don't expect much of a hike.

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