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Batiquitos Lagoon Trail

CARLSBAD

3.5 miles. 29’ elevation change, 90 minute duration, rated EASY

Activity: Nature Walk

What a lovely little Nature Walk. It is great for the whole family. San Diego always seems so lush with vegetation both wild and the wonderful gardens such as you would see at Balboa Park or the San Diego Zoo, for that matter San Diego residents always seem to have the best plants, flowers and trees in their yards as well.

Batiquitos Lagoon is not as wild as I prefer as it begins a stone’s throw from one of the busiest freeways in the world the I-5. It butts up to the famous resort, La Costa’s Golf Course and the surrounding bluffs are dotted with very nice homes.

That being said, the trail is nicely done with a wonderful path and benches every so often for folks to take a moment and just enjoy. Besides the tidal salt marsh, mud flats, and coastal scrub brush it has many beautiful trees and plants.

There are informative postings along the way one of which informed me that 200 years ago Spanish Explorer Gasper de Portola named this place Batiquitos meaning watering hole. He was hardly the first one here as Native American’s had been collecting shellfish at the lagoon for 8,000 years.

There is also a Nature Center with very pleasant and informative folks that were able to identify for me the bird of prey I spied, Red Tail Hawk, that was being chased through the canopy by several angry black crows.

It absolutely is quite a wonderful little spot and is a real asset for those that live in the area, and I imagine for travelers staying at the nearby resort.

“We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in Stillwater that we can see.” -Zen

Thank you very much for following me on this fine day when I found myself ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ at this wonderful little nature walk in Carlsbad. A nice place on a week day to reflect. I hear on the weekends it can be a little busy, but that is to be expect because it is a nice place to be. There is always more to see and do so follow me, and I do mean FOLLOW, LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE. San Diego as fascinating as it is, is but one of the locations that PBTA ventures to. If you go to the menu above you will find many more spots to inspire. Each location is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. Then once you are inspired stop by SHOP APPAREL and don your duds and you are ready to ramble.

Happy Trails-

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Carlsbad Beach Hike

CARLSBAD STATE BEACH

Activity: Beach Stroll, Walk, Hike or just enjoying the beach

Southern California has so many great beaches, and in particular San Diego’s Beaches are wonderful to be sure. Carlsbad is certainly in that category. Carlsbad is a combination of tourist and local beach. In some ways it is a big tourist destination, but it still has a quaint neighborhood beach feel about it.

If you want to get some exercise, enjoy the beach, and the salt air, or if you are preparing for a big hike somewhere off the beaten path then Carlsbad has a path for you, in fact several. What I mean by that is there are options for your beach hike. Up close and personal with the sand between your toes and your feet in the water is always a favorite for me, but there is a section up a little and out of the sand called the Carlsbad Seawall Trail. Then on the top of the bluff there is a section which you can walk along with the view from above. This portion is dog friendly.

If you like the beach, and who doesn’t then this is a good one with it’s flowering bluffs overlooking the blue Pacific and the many beach activities below, surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding, volley ball, sunning, beach combing, swimming, and the like.

Thanks for accompanying me on this glorious day at the beach, getting some exercise while taking my Vitamin-Sea. Please LIKE, COMMENT, FOLLOW, and SHARE. If you enjoyed the beach then you might want to go to the menu above and checkout OC Beaches. I have a whole website devoted to the beaches of Orange County. While you are at the menu you might find inspiration for your next hike as PBTA ventures to many hikes and backpacking spots all over the West. Each location is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. If you want to keep the sun out of your eyes then checkout the fabulous PBTA caps and Adventure wear at SHOP APPAREL. You won’t get burned with PBTA long sleeve high performance shirts with UPF50+ protection.

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Life’s a beach!

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Lake Calavera Loop Trail

CARLSBAD HIGHLANDS ECOLOGICAL PRESERVE

Activity: Day Hike

Distance 4.8 miles, 650’ elevation change, duration 2+ hours, rated Moderate

Feb. 26, 2020

Not every hike can be an epic hike, nor should it be. There needs to be local hikes close to your home, and hikes where you are training and building up towards that epic hike, or just maybe you are only interested in nice little local hike, and have no desire to traverse a treacherous trail barely etched into the side of a mountain, nor plant a flag thus conquering a massive peak.

Lake Calavera Loop Trail is a nice hike for Carlsbad locals. When you stand on top of the Cerro de la Calavera you see that you are surrounded by houses in every direction. The saving grace is down below this area you are left with another impression. You still realize you are in an urban setting, but from the get go you drop down into a bit of a canyon, and because there is a good amount of vegetation you lose that urban feel and it’s more like you are going for a walk in the country.

The Preserve has trails going all over the place, so you can really mix and match your hike to what you would like to do, and how long you want to hike. If you want to hike to the top of Cerro de la Calavera- so be it, or you may want to go over to the little pond like Lake Calavera. You can hike more in the open or more in the bush. So lots of flavors to choose from.

I wouldn’t travel to hike this spot, but if you are in the area it could make for a pleasant afternoon, and it sure beats walking around the neighborhood.

“We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.” – Robert Sweetgall

This was a nice afternoon in the Carlsbad area ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’, stay tuned to San Diego Hiking or perhaps checkout the menu above. PBTA goes adventuring all over the West. Each location is a separate site and thus needs to be FOLLOWED separately. Speaking of which… please COMMENT, FOLLOW, SHARE and LIKE. Like my hat? You can buy it at SHOP APPAREL.

Happy Trails,

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure