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

Great flat trail which brings exercise and tranquility into a nice mix. Lots of plants and water foul and a great nature center that also has a free book exchange library.

There are a few places to park along the trail. Its great if you're looking for something flat. there's lots of shade so its great as a trail to walk/jog on a hot or humid day. very dog friendly and relatively wide paths. only downside is that it's close to highway 5 freeway and there's some noise from that as you get closer west.

hiking
12 days ago

A good hike - we’ll marked and maintained. No shade!! Some steep elevation changes - would probably characterize as moderate.

This is the second time I've hiked this area and I find the signage lacking, especially when you get away from the lake. So many criss-crossing trails, can be confusing. I made the mistake of going high instead of low on the east side and found myself on a harrowing climb to the peak. I couldn't turn around and go down unless I scooted down on my heinie.
Suggest hiking to the peak from the west side, unless you're up for a challenging, dangerous at times, trail.

walking
24 days ago

Pleasant mellow walk along the lagoon. There use to be motorcycle tracks back in the day where the turn around point and visitor center are located today. Times change

mountain biking
1 month ago

Very fun trail to bike on, definitely a workout

hiking
1 month ago

So many trails intersecting and poor signage (IMHO). Also, many full doggie-doo bags on the sides of the trails. C'mon folks....are they biodegradable? Even if, they are gross and a health hazard.

This is my 'go to' hike as it is close to my home. I find it challenging due to the incline and the rocky trail...tests my balance. Lovely view and a place to sit and enjoy it at the top. I saw evidence of pigs (of the human persuasion) on the switchback trail today. Candy wrappers and cigarette butts! (That brush is like kindling!) They were just dropped on the trail, like Hansel & Gretel's breadcrumbs. I know anyone reading this would never be so thoughtless. Please, if you see people littering the trails, let them know that these pieces of trash pose a hazard to the wildlife. Perhaps they think there is someone who sweeps the trail behind them? I get incensed when people disrespect our earth. Thank you for your help to keep our city and wildlife safe.

My wife and I really enjoyed this hike. Plenty of shade and benches.

trail running
2 months ago

It’s a nice trail. I’m not fond of the freeway noise, but the last time I ran here, a blue heron was struggling to eat a sting ray, so for that reason alone, it gets 4 stars.

Great local (for me) hike. Short but a good workout. You could easily stretch his hike to 5,6 or more miles. Trails everywhere. Amazing 360 views at the top.

2 months ago

Around lagoon. Flatter place to run, but not excessively easy on ankles (dirt path). Mtb trails. Not for altitude or picturesque hike. Dogs allowed.

Such a pretty trail. Lots of birds. Try the trail to the right along the freeway.

hiking
4 months ago

This easy, quickie trail is one of my husband and my favorites since we live right down the street. There is a picnic table at the top of the hill which is a nice spot to rest. You can see the ocean from the top of the hills.

Beautiful and fun! Nice trail. Easy and lovely.

Beautiful! Took a nice walk with my friend today and it was everything I thought it would be. Nice to get out and enjoy the nature and wildlife!

good hiking but the trail signs are a bit lacking, still great fun!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike with great views

Great family trail, keep and eye out for snakes, saw a 4ft snake on the trail (non-poisonous)

Fun little day hike, trail run.

hiking
6 months ago

Short trail. Rocky in places. Mountain bike as well. Near north end can see San Diego on a clear day.

walking
6 months ago

I’m restricted from strenuous exercise for a few weeks so I️ needed a flat trail — this did the trick! Was able to get in 45 minutes and didn’t even finish the whole trail. Tranquil place with pretty views of the lagoon. Saw a beautiful white bird.

hiking
7 months ago

I like to use this trail in the mid to late afternoon as a traffic break on my way back to OC. Great for stretching your legs....I keep a look out for the Osprey.
Very nice people on the trail...
Challenging, No. Scenic and a place to close off your mind and forget the Crap for awhile...definitely

Great for a hike or biking, always people out on the trails with kids and dogs.

Trail gets a little narrow in some areas so be careful of snakes/pets on warmer days, but otherwise easy/nice hike.

Not a bad trail but there is no parking, only three spots in the area that the All Trails directions take you to. There is a park about .4 miles away though with ample parking.

was an amazing morning adventure

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