Explore the most popular hiking 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.

nature trips
12 days ago

I love taking my 2yr old here. Its always shaded by the huge trees and always so peaceful. It's fairly easy until the steep incline/decline.

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.

hiking
20 days ago

I’ve always found this to be a rather enjoyable hike. One unlike many in the area, it has bountiful trees and logs along the path to sit and enjoy the area. Dog friendly which I’ve never run into issues with. And if you’re lucky you’ll come across a few swings people put up. Try them out!! Always such a fun time.

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
23 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.

walking
2 months ago

Can’t beat the scenery.

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.

Easy and beautiful

Nice, quick walk

Pleasant and easy! A nice walk:)

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!

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.

Beautiful scenery! And all those rocks!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike with great views

scenic driving
5 months ago

Nice sunsets

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