Trails

Explore Calavera Lake Trail via

Oceanside’s Oak Riparian Park

Located in the northeast part of Carlsbad and bordering the City of Oceanside, Lake Calavera is an open space preserve that is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers. Lake Calavera Preserve was set aside to conserve natural lands for the protection of native plants and wildlife. Recreational use is welcomed but must be compatible with habitat and species protection. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail. Please pick up after your pet!

Oak Riparian Park, located at 4625 Lake Boulevard connects to over 6.4 miles of trails via Carlsbad’s Calavera Trail System, providing access to the Lake Calavera Trails. Other access point can be located in the City of Carlsbad. For more information on this and other Carlsbad trails, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/services/departments/parksandrec/trails/Pages/default.aspx

San Luis Rey River Trail

Dasani Blue BikeThe 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 o the San Luis Rey River. This relatively flat trail is safe for all age groups, is completely separate from motorized traffic, and is free of stop signs and traffic lights.

This multiuse trail may be used for recreational purposes by other non-motorized users such as hikers, runners and roller-bladers. It is not intended for equestrian use due to its design and limited width. Motor vehicles are prohibited. Walkers and runners are welcome to bring their dogs to the trail for exercise as well. Dogs using the trail must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. 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.

For commuter information call:

North County Transit District: (760) 966-6500
Metrolink: (800) 371-LINK (5465)
Coaster: (800) COASTER

Access 1 – Neptune Way

Amenities

  • Street Parking
  • Information Kiosk

Access 1 is the western-most entrance and marks the official start of the trail at the 0.0 mile marker. It 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. This access will eventually link with the Coastal Rail Trail that will run in a north-south direction connecting to Carlsbad and further into San Diego.

Access 2 – Pacific Street

Access 3 – Benet Road

Amenities

  • Information Kiosk

Access 3 lies just west of the Oceanside Municipal Airport. Access the Benet Road entrance off Highway 76. Head east on Highway 76 and turn left on Benet Road. There is no parking lot at this access point.

The Benet Road access is located at mile marker 2.4 on the trail.

Access 4 – Foussat Road

Amenities

  • Parking Lot
  • Information Kiosk

Access 4 lies northeast of the Oceanside Municipal Airport and can be accessed off Highway 76. Head east on Highway 76, turn left on Foussat Road, and follow the road to the trail access parking lot.

Located at mile marker 3.2 on the trail.

Access 5 – Cypress Road

Access 6 – Douglas Drive

Amenities

  • Information Kiosk
  • Picnic Tables
  • Trash Receptacles

Access 6 lies further north and inland at the 5.4 mile marker and may be reached by traveling east on Highway 76. Turn left on Douglas Drive and travel approximately 1 mile. The access and small parking lot is located on the left-hand side of Douglas Drive. Access to the parking lot is not available when traveling north. To safely access the lot and trail, travel to North River Road, turn around and head south. Turn right into the lot at the Douglas bridge overpass.

Access 7 – College Boulevard/Mance Buchanon Park

Amenities

  • Parking Lot
  • Information Kiosk
  • Picnic Tables
  • Trash Receptacles
  • Restrooms at Park

Access 7 is the easternmost access point for the trail.

Access 7 is at Mance Buchanon Park which offers a larger parking lot, a staging area, restrooms, water fountains, shaded picnic tables, shaded grass areas and an additional pathway that loops the park. The College Boulevard access can be reached by traveling east on Highway 76 to Douglas Drive. Turn left on Douglas Drive and travel approximately 1.2 miles. Turn right on North River Road traveling east to College Boulevard. Turn right on College; the trail access is immediately following your right turn.

The College Blvd. access marks the 7.2 mile marker. From College to North Santa Fe Avenue there is an additional 1.8 miles = 9 miles total.

Access 8 – Andrew Jackson Drive

Bike lane detours onto surface street for ¼ mile.

Access 9 – Tyler Street

Bike lane detours onto surface street for ¼ mile.

Access 10 – North Santa Fe Avenue/Highway 76

Amenities

  • Parking Lot
  • Information Kiosk
  • Trash Receptacles

Access 10 is the easternmost access point for the trail.

Safety & Courtesy Information

These guidelines are intended for the safety, enjoyment and efficient use of the trail for all users. Please call (760) 435-4500 to report any non-emergency problems or illegal activities.

  1. Cyclists should keep to the right except when passing.
  2. All other users should keep to the left (facing oncoming cyclists).
  3. Cyclists should give vocal warning when passing other cyclists.
  4. Headphones or other devices covering both ears are discouraged for all users.
  5. All users should travel not more than two abreast.
Note this is not a lighted trail. Use after daylight hours is discouraged.

For more information please contact:

City of Oceanside
300 N. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
nmertz@ci.oceanside.ca.us