San Diego Trails: Carlsbad Coastal Trail

Batiquitos Lagoon, a breeding site in San Dieg...
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San Diego Trails: Carlsbad Coastal Trail

Carlsbad Coastal Trail offers a refreshing trail in the bracing sea air, it starts in the sand for goodness sake, you don’t get much more coastal than that do you?  Carlsbad State Beach, together with South Carlsbad State Beach offer 5 glorious miles of uninterrupted beachy beauty, (making it 10 miles there and back, but you can turn around whenever you get weary). Simply take Interstate 5 towards Carlsbad Village drive and go west until you reach the coast, then stop!

Carlsbad Coastal Trail begins from here with a paved path right along the beach, or in the sand it’s up to you. One word of warning is that no dogs are allowed on the beach, so you’d better leave Rex at home!   As you head further south the surf sometimes covers the whole of the beach and reaches the cliffs, so you’d better check the tides out before you set off, alternatively you can always take to the road for that section. You can stroll hand in hand along the promenade, ah, how romantic.  As you continue along the boardwalk you’ll be able to get a great view of both La Jolla to the south, and Oceanside to the north, with the towering chimney of Encinitas Power Station in the distance.

This section of the Carlsbad Coastal Trail is around 2.5 miles from the start, so if you just wanted a gentle stroll turn around now, otherwise you can continue along your way until you reach and cross the Batiquitos Lagoon, a little way down the hill from Encinitas. This is the end of the road for the Carlsbad Coastal Trail, so you should turn around and head back along the shoreline.

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