South Carlsbad State Beach

EASY 16 reviews

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

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

no dogs

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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery! And all those rocks!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Nice sunsets

hiking
7 months ago

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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Thursday, April 27, 2017