Quick Hikes In & Around Oceanside
Are you looking for some quick hikes in and around Oceanside? Look no further than this handy-dandy brief overview of some trails and hikes that are not only beautiful to take in, but easy to conquer! If you’re looking for more extensive hiking trails throughout San Diego County, check out our list of 5 Hiking Trails Around Oceanside!
Guajome Regional Park
Guajome Regional Park is located in the coastal community of Oceanside, including not only 4.5 miles of park trails to meander through, but also is surrounded by chaparral, woodlands, wetlands, mixed grasslands, and 33 campsites, in case you and the rest of the family want to make a weekend stay out of the excursion! There are two gorgeous fishing ponds and a sizable amount of open grass area, perfect for a pick-nick day, or to simply relax!
Location: 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057
- A playground for the kids, equipped with a jungle gym and swings.
- Dogs at Guajome Regional Park must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
- The lake is great for campers, park goers, for a picnic or to feed the geese and ducks
- Camping spaces for RVs and tents, but you need a parking permit to park in the campgrounds.
- Park rangers are onsite to patrol the area to ensure safety.
Garrison Creek Trail (El Corazon Nature Trail)
Location: 3210 Oceanside Boulevard, Oceanside, CA 92057
Accessible Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm and Saturdays 8am – 4pm. A wide inviting trail of rolling hills, birds and wildlife, with lovely sights around each bend. This one-mile trail is perfect for a daily stroll, nature exploring with kids, jogging, or walking your dog on leash.
Oak Riparian Park
Oak Riparian Park is a scenic public park that connects to over 6.4 miles of trails via Carlsbad’s Calavera Trail System, providing access to the Lake Calavera Trails. The park itself features two playgrounds, public restrooms, grassy fields & several picnic areas. Walking the outskirts of the park on the cemented path will lead you to a wooded area that marks an entrance to the Calavera Trail System. After traversing the small crossing head right along the path and before long you will run into trail head signs. Continue on the path and enjoy a pleasant roughly 1.4 mile hike to reach Lake Calavera. Dogs on leash are welcome, as are mountain bikes. The main trail has numerous smaller trails that spider off in several directions, we recommend planning ahead using Google Maps as a guide.
Location: 4625 Lake Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056
- Strollers and wheelchairs can be used on the wide cemented path around the park
- There are numerous tables located throughout the park for outdoor picnics
- On the West side of the park there is a wide level grass field perfect for outdoor group games
- The Lake Calavera trails are open to bicycles and dogs on a leash. No motorized vehicles or horses are permitted
Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
Batiquitos Lagoon is a coastal wetland north of San Diego between the cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas. It is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands on the southern California coast of the United States. The area is run by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a nature reserve and is designated a Marine Protected area.
Location: 7380 Gabbiano Lane Carlsbad, CA 92009
- Strollers and wheelchairs can be used on the wide and flat trails, horses and bicycles are not allowed
- Dogs on a leash are welcome
- The ecological reserve and trails are open dawn to dusk 7 days a week
- The nature center is open 8am-3pm, 7 days a week year round subject to volunteer host availability
- Trail guides are available for download
- Fishing is allowed with a licence at two designated sites
Coastal Rail Trail
The Coastal Rail Trail will one day be 44 miles total from Oceanside to San Diego, along the Coaster commuter rail! Today there are four disconnected stretches of trailheads in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Solana Beach, currently open for use. In Oceanside, two trail segments allow for non-motorized travel through downtown. From near the Oceanside Transportation Center at Tyson Street to Oceanside Boulevard, the paved trail runs on the west side of the train tracks. As previously mentioned, the second paved trail runs south of Loma Alta Creek runs from Morse Street to Vista Way, adjacent to Lions Club Park!
Location: Near the Oceanside Transportation Center at Tyson Street to Oceanside Boulevard and/or South of Loma Alta Creek from Morse Street to Vista Way, with a crossing of the active train tracks required at Cassidy Street.
- A new bike path located on the west side of railroad property owned by the North County Transit District.
- Easy access to a continuous bike path from Oceanside Blvd connecting directly to the Oceanside Transit Center.
- The bike paths are Class I bike paths; bikeways that are physically separate from vehicular traffic.
- 2 blocks west of the north end lies Tyson Street Park, offering ocean views and a large picnicking grassy area.
San Luis Rey River Trail
The San Luis Rey River Trail is a Class I bicycle trail open to pedestrians as well. The trail is 7.2 miles, one way, from the Neptune access (west end) to the eastern-most point on the College Bridge. The trail follows the path to the San Luis Rey River. Walkers and runners are welcome to bring their dogs to the trail for exercise as well. Just remember, if you use the trail with your four-legged friends, please pick up after them to keep the trail enjoyable for everyone! The west end of the trail is within a few blocks of the Oceanside Transit Center where commuters can board the Coaster, Amtrak and Metrolink trains or North County Transit District buses, all of which can accommodate bicycles. Near the airport, look up and enjoy the skydivers floating back to earth.
Location: Access Point 1, the western-most entrance, is located on Neptune Way in downtown Oceanside. Access Point 10, the eastern-most entrance, is located on North Santa Fey Avenue and Highway 76.
- The trail is smooth and mostly flat, makes it a local favorite among cyclists, walkers and inline skaters.
- Dogs using the trail must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
- There are bathrooms and a water fountain at the park so it is a nice place to cool down.
- This trail leads you all the way to the beach too, so don’t forget your camera.
Carlsbad Oaks North
Location: Northeast Carlsbad, between Melrose Ave. and El Fuerte Street and north of Palomar Airport Rd. and south of Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad Oaks North is an unpaved, flat, and moderately hilly to steep trail, measuring out to 1.3 miles. The short distance is made up in difficulty level, ranking as moderate to difficult. If you’re desiring more of a challenge, try circling the trail more than once! There’s a small park with trail head parking located at the corner of Faraday Ave. and El Fuerte St. next to the block house pump station facility, as well. There is also an informational kiosk with maps and other trail information at the park to help guide visitors to the open space trail just south of the trailhead parking.
- There is a riparian habitat along the north side that is home to a diverse array of wildlife.
- Coyote, raptors, lizards, snakes, small rodents, red shouldered hawk and other native bird species can be seen.
- Don’t venture off the trail, as poison oak is a very prevalent native species along both sides of the trail.