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Best trails in Carlsbad

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Looking for a great trail near Carlsbad, California? AllTrails has 17 great running trails, hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Crystal Cove State Park or Palomar Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lake Poway Park or El Capitan County Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Carlsbad ranging from 1.1 to 3.9 miles and from 16 to 515 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Carlsbad
Top trails (17)
#1 - Lake Calavera Loop Trail
Calavera Park
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Length: 4.8 mi
Lake Calavera Loop Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ruShow more
#2 - Batiquitos Lagoon Trail
Carlsbad, California
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
This trail is great for the family with lots to enjoy including herons, mud hens, lizards, rabbits, lagoon, and flora views. Show more
#3 - Calavera Lake Loop
Calavera Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 49 m
Calavera Lake Loop is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail rShow more
#4 - Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail
Carlsbad, California
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 35 m
Note: Dogs are NOT allowed on this trail. There is no shade, but it is dog-friendly if you walk along the actual sea wall high above Frazee State Beach. Along the sea wall walk, there are tiny little Show more
#5 - Cerro De La Calavera Loop
Carlsbad, California
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
No parking lot, but there is street parking.Show more
#6 - Hosp Grove Trail
Hosp Grove Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 44 m
Hosp Grove Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, runniShow more
#7 - Rancho La Costa Ridgeline Trail
Rancho La Costa Habitat Conservation Area
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Rancho La Costa Ridgeline Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carlsbad, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offersShow more
#8 - Cerro de la Calavera
Calavera Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 47 m
Cerro de la Calavera is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkinShow more
#9 - 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 bShow more
#10 - Veteran's Park Loop
Veteran's Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
Veteran's Park Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking,Show more
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