San Diego Trails: Hosp Grove Trails

San Diego Trails: Hosp Grove Trails

The Hosp Grove Trails are amongst the most extensive of all of the Carlsbad City Trails,  in fact, the 5.5 acres of wonderful parkland is right next door to the Marron Road shopping area, with around 3 miles of trails wandering in and out of the huge eucalyptus trees, planted many decades ago to build railway lines. Unfortunately it was discovered that eucalyptus wood is completely unsuitable for building railroads, but that wasn’t until millions of them had been planted in the county.  The problem with eucalyptus trees is that they are pretty unsociable, in the tree world that is, and take over without giving many other native plants a chance so they do pretty much dominate much of the landscape.  They do have their good side though, some birds love them and build their homes in their branches, so they’re certainly not all bad, and they also offer some very welcome shade if you’re walking on a long, hot summer’s afternoon.

Hosp Grove Trails actually offers a couple of different options – “you take the high trail and I’ll take the low trail” – I’m sure there’s a song about that somewhere, and if there isn’t then there ought to be.  You can really choose between something around a 1 mile round loop or much further, depending on how much time – and energy – you have at your disposal.


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