Located in north Carlsbad, this trail is one of the most extensive in the citywide trail system. It winds through a huge grove of mature eucalyptus trees planted many years ago for the railroad industry with the intention for the wood to be used in the construction of rail lines. However, it was determined that the wood was inferior to other varieties and not harvested for that purpose. Years later the city acquired the property and it is now enjoyed by hikers, picnickers, and nature enthusiasts seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The unpaved trail does climb to more than 100 feet in elevation and offers great views of the adjacent Buena Vista Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean.
Terrain: Unpaved, hilly, up to 100ft. difference in elevation
Distance: 3.0 miles
Difficulty: Moderate and difficult
Directions and Parking: I-5 to Las Flores exit, West on Las Flores to Jefferson Street, Right on Jefferson Street, Continue for about 1/2 mile and the Hosp Grove paking lot entrance will be on the right.