Community hikes slated for National Trails Day

A group hike to mark National Trails Day is set for June 4, taking off from Hosp Grove overlooking the Buena Visa Lagoon.

The free community event, hosted by the city of Carlsbad, features two trail hikes under 2 miles. Hikes will be led by Hosp Grove trail captains and city staff who will discuss the local habitat and wildlife.

The event runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with informational booths starting at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights include information on the city’s trail network history and future, and wildlife photos and information provided by the Center for Natural Lands Management and Buena Vista Audubon Society.

Slader Buck, deputy project leader at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Carlsbad, will discuss day-hiking backpack essentials. Hosp Grove Trail Captain Paige DeCino will talk about wildlife tracking.

At 9:15 a.m., city staff will welcome participants with a short message about National Trails Day, which started in the late 1980s and is organized by the American Hiking Society.

Two groups hikes will follow. At 9:30 a.m., a hike led by Hosp Grove Trail Captain Gary Nessim will wind through the grove for about 1.5 miles.

A shorter, less strenuous hike starting at 10 a.m. will be led by city staff, which is aimed at all ages.

The Hosp Grove trails are among the the oldest areas of Carlsbad and were one of the first city trails built and maintained by volunteers. The scenic unpaved trails wind through the grove and up and down steep slopes for roughly 3 miles. On the west side of the grove, the trails offer a view of the Buena Vista Lagoon across Marron Road.

Participants should meet at the trailhead at the west main entrance off Jefferson Street across from the Buena Vista Lagoon. In case of rain, the event will be canceled.

RSVP to Elizabeth Hueter Willoughby, trail volunteer coordinator, at [email protected]