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The City of Carlsbad has approximately 67 miles of trails and 51 miles of open space trails, supporting a healthy active lifestyle while protecting and preserving open space for residents to enjoy. Find trail locations throughout the city, including trails perfect for an easy scenic stroll, a challenging hike, mountain biking and beautiful views. Many trails also provide connections from neighborhoods to shops and local services.

Trail News

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    Parks & Recreation Department Master Plan

    Following thousands of public comments, four community meetings, several focus groups, an online survey and social media polling, intercept interviews and a scientific survey, an updated Parks & Recreation Department master plan is now ready to be presented to city commissions for review


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    Avenida Encinas improvements approved

    On Tuesday, the City Council approved plans for Avenida Encinas, between the Poinsettia Regional Transit Station to Carlsbad Boulevard, that will safely accommodate all modes of travel and improve access and connectivity as part of the Coastal Rail Trail, a 44-mile regional bikeway that is planned

    03/15/2023 1:52 PM

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    Gnatcatcher success story

    City of Carlsbad report shows successes in protecting federally threatened wildlife and plants

    02/23/2023 1:01 PM

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    Celebrate Parks & Recreation Month

    The City of Carlsbad's Parks & Recreation Department will be in the spotlight throughout July as the city celebrates national Parks and Recreation Month.

    07/01/2022 2:08 PM

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    National Get Outdoors Day

    Saturday, June 11, is National Get Outdoors Day and with the weather heating up it’s a great time to try out some of our many city trails that are close to the beach.


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    Trail safety tips for springtime

    With spring comes warmer temperatures and more opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, like hiking some of the city’s beautiful and diverse trails. Just remember rattlesnakes, bees, coyotes and other wildlife are more active in springtime, too. Stay alert and follow these tips to stay safe while

    04/06/2022 11:29 AM

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    Five Carlsbad trails with the best views

    Have you been enjoying the extra hour of daylight since the time changed last week? If you're looking for outdoor activities to maximize those lighter evenings, here’s a roundup of city trails that offer beautiful views (listed in order of the easiest hikes to the most challenging.)

    03/16/2022 1:07 PM

Fire prevention reminders 

Due to the prolonged drought, our open space and trails are vulnerable than ever to fire. Please remember:

Due to the prolonged drought, our trails and open space are more vulnerable than ever to fire.
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No smoking 
  • No fires 
  • No firearms 
  • No fireworks 

Please follow these safety regulations and report fires immediately to 9-1-1. For non-emergency issues call the Police Department, 760-931-2197.      CMC 11.32.030