Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 804-1969 | info@aguahedionda.org

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 33-0411888.

© 2019 by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. All rights reserved.

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RECREATION

Hiking
 

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.

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 

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

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

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.

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Birding
 
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Join us on the third Sunday of the month, starting at 8:00 a.m.,  for our Monthly Bird Walks led by local birder Rick Grove. Our bird walks take place along our different Discovery Center trails located around the beautiful Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Birders meet at the Discovery Center and caravan over together. 

Rick has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Economics, as well as a Master's Degree in Education, and has been an avid bird watchers since 1983. Additionally, he is a member of the San Diego Field Ornithologists. In 2015, he observed an outstanding 300 species of birds in San Diego alone! 

Our Monthly Bird Walks are freely open to the public with no registration necessary. 

New! Interactive Naturalist App

The AHLF Naturalist mapping app is a new tool for hikers and citizen-scientists to use on the trail. The app, easy accessed by any smart device with internet access, allows the user to identify flora/fauna around the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and submit their data for analysis by the foundation. This community derived data not only provides users with a digital keepsake, it can be used to accurately project the spread of invasive plant species, plant community boundary lines, and sites of threatened species. Armed with this knowledge, environmental agencies have a springboard for more rigorous studies, without the need for large, expensive surveys. Stop by the Discovery Center to learn more and to participate in this unique opportunity.

Read more about the GIS Interactive Naturalist »

All directions start at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Discovery Center.

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