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Spruce up Carlsbad’s hiking trails

CARLSBAD —The city of Carlsbad will commemorate National Trails Day June 7, with a volunteer trail cleanup event at the Lake Calavera Preserve.

Participants should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the dam/spillway at the east end of the lake just off of the preserve’s main entrance on Tamarack Avenue east of Strata Drive. Trail work at the volunteer event will include trail sign repairs and new sign installations, weed removal, trail erosion repairs and other minor trail improvements.

“Trails are one of the most cherished features of Carlsbad and enable residents to get outdoors and lead an active healthy lifestyle,” says Liz Ketabian, Carlsbad park planning manager.  “Every year we have hundreds of volunteers who help to maintain our wonderful trail system for all to enjoy. We are excited to have this specific day for volunteers to get involved with Carlsbad’s volunteer program and to participate at one of Carlsbad’s largest open space preserves with over six miles of trails.”

To get to the Lake Calavara Preserve, take Interstate 5 to Carlsbad Village Drive exit, head east on Carlsbad Village Drive past El Camino Real and up into Calavera Hills. Turn left at College Drive. Turn right at first light onto Tamarack Avenue

Parking is available along Tamarack Avenue and Strata Drive. Follow signs to the west end of the lake for the volunteer sign-in and work briefing.

Those who want to volunteer should wear close-toed shoes, a hat and sunscreen.  Tools for the trail work will be provided by the city as well as water and healthy snacks.

For more information on the city’s trails, visit