Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Lagoon Hiking Trails

All directions start at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Discovery Center.

Volunteer on the Trails


Hubbs Trail

Hubbs Trail

The Hubbs Trail is approximately ½ mile in length and runs along the north shore of the outer portion of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon between the Coast Highway and the railroad tracks. Shorebirds are plentiful along this trail and perched nearby are pelicans who hang out at the Mussel Farm in the outer lagoon. Fires on this trail are prohibited and violators will be cited and fined.

Directions: Turn right coming out of the Discovery Center, right on Coast hi-way, right on Tamarack, first right on Garfield. Park at the end of Garfield and walk down the dirt access road to the trail.

Questions or concerns about this trail should be directed to the AHLF Team at (760) 804-1969 or email info@aguahedionda.org.


Kelly School Trail

Kelly School Trail

This trail is approximately 1 mile and runs along the northeastern border of the upland wildlife preserve, which is owned and operated by the California Dept of Fish and Wildlife. The area is dominated by the threatened coastal sage scrub plant community, which provides habitat for endangered species including the California Gnatcatcher, and Least Bell’s Vireo. This trail is home to a huge amount of native birds so make sure to bring your binoculars.

Directions: Turn left coming out of the Discovery Center, left on El Camino Real, left on Kelly Dr. Go to the end of Kelly Dr where it runs into Park Dr. The trail head is across from Kelly School and is marked with a metal gate.

Questions or concerns about this trail should be directed to the AHLF Team at (760) 804-1969 or email info@aguahedionda.org.


Discovery Center Trail

Discovery Center Trail

This trail is approximately ¼ mile in length and connects Cannon Road with the de-siltation basin on the southwest side of the Discovery Center. This trail provides a closeup view of the upland marshland area of the lagoon. Bring your binoculars as there are usually plenty of wetland birds to observe, such as egrets, herons, osprey and hawks. Although not as easily seen, be alert to the soft "mewing" sound made by the California gnatcatcher – an endangered bird that nests nearby. This trail is maintained through a partnership between the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Directions: Access to this trail is from the AHLF Discovery Center (dirt) parking lot.

Questions or concerns about this trail should be directed to the AHLF Team at (760) 804-1969 or email info@aguahedionda.org.


Bayshore Trail

Cove Drive Trail

This lagoon access covers 1/4 mile strip of shoreline and trail between the former cade residence, and the Carlsbad Boat Club. This portion will eventually connect with others to form a comprehensive lagoon trail.

Directions: Take El Camino Real and turn left onto Kelly Dr. At the end of Kelly Dr., turn right. In approximately 1 mile, turn left onto Cove Dr. and continue to the end. The trail head will be next to the Lagoon Foundation sign.

Questions or concerns about this trail should be directed to the AHLF Team at (760) 804-1969 or email info@aguahedionda.org.


Cove Trail

Bayshore Drive Trail

This is an approximately ¼ mile trail that overlooks the lagoon paddle-boarder's favorite beach. In the morning, birds can been at the recent habitat restoration project to the east.

Directions: Take El Camino Real and turn left onto Kelly Dr. At the end of Kelly Dr., turn right. In approximately 1/2 mile, turn left on Bayshore Dr. and continue to the end. The trail head will be on the left next to the Lagoon Foundation Sign.

Questions or concerns about this trail should be directed to the AHLF Team at (760) 804-1969 or email info@aguahedionda.org.