Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail-A Closer Look

On the morning of April 29th, I woke up on a mission. A mission to take in some glorious sights as well as breathing in some crisp and clean ocean air. I wasn’t quite sure where I was going to start this adventure. I let my instincts guide me. While I am driving to the coast, several ideas pop in and out of my head. So today, I decided to take a closer look at the Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail, which is extremely popular in North Carlsbad.

—>Beaches of San Diego County<—

Below is an outline of the Beaches of Carlsbad. On this particular day, I visited all of the beaches except South Ponto.

Carlsbad State Beach

  • Robert Frazee State Beach
  • Tamarack State Beach
  • Warm Water Jetty Beach

South Carlsbad State Beach

  • Terramar State Beach
  • North Ponto State Beach
  • South Carlsbad State Beach
  • South Ponto

Exploring the Carlsbad State Beach

Robert Frazee state beach sign

button map Robert Frazee State Beach

Today, I thought I would start over at Robert Frazee Beach, where Carlsbad State Beach’s northern boundary begins. A small parking lot is located off Oak Ave and Ocean St, but I found a parking spot right off of Pine Street in the residential area.

I can not express just how gorgeous the day it was! The sky was crystal blue with not a cloud in the sky. It felt so good to be on the coast!

Now there are two choices for hiking over here. The first is located right down on the beach- The Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail, while the second option would be to walk up above on Carlsbad Blvd.

Dogs are not allowed down below on the trail, but you are more than welcome to walk with them above, with a leash along Carlsbad Boulevard.

—>Dog Friendly Beaches in San Diego<—

Let’s now take a look at what I saw, shall we?


Walking the Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail

Robert Frazee Beach Carlsbad San Diego

As stated previously, the Carlsbad Sea Wall Trail is a part of the California State Beaches, and I urge you to look at the Sea Wall itself. Here you can see a few examples of the native plants found in Southern California.

beach bluff sign Car;sbad San Diego

First and foremost, it is important to mention that this trail is wheelchair accessible and is a 1.4 miles round trip.

The photo above is where you walk down to the beginning of the trail at Robert Frazee State Beach, taking you to Tamarack State Beach.

At the end of the Trail is Tamarack Beach, as well as the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Inlet.

I couldn’t help it; here are a few more photos!

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Jetties

I always love to come here and check out the lagoon’s inlet! The tide was coming in on this day, so the great influx of water formed a few waves between the jetties.

Did you know that back in 2008, an individual observed a great white shark fighting with up to eight dolphins right here between the Agua Hedionda Lagoon jetties? He had been driving over the bridge around 6:15 am when he witnessed this strange event. If you would like more information on shark sightings in San Diego, I have provided you a link below.

Warm Water Jetty Beach

Just south of Tamarack Beach and the Agua Hedionada Lagoon inlet is the Warm Water Jetty Beach. Here is a very popular surf break. The beach got its name due to the warm water discharge from the Encina Power Plant.


Continuing to South Carlsbad State Beach

So at this point, I decided to turn around and head back north, back to where I had originally started. Once back in the car, I continued my journey over to Terramar Beach. Here rather than looking for parking off of Carlsbad Blvd, I always like to park again in the residential area across from the Terramar Beach staircase.

When I arrived at this beach, the tide was too high for me to walk the shoreline, so instead, I concentrated on the bluffs. Ever since I was introduced to the Cristianitos Fault over at San Onofre State Beach, I have become obsessed with the geology of the coastal cliffs in San Diego.

Terramar Beach and Bluffs


Walking Through the Torrey Pine Trees in Carlsbad

I have a strange fascination with an old abandoned swatch of land within the California State Park System. Over across the street from Terramar Beach, there is a row of Torrey Pine trees that I have been documenting for the last four years.

This was the very first time taking photos here when the sun was shining and not overcast. Also, the trees were in bloom, so that brought some added joy to the situation.

So if anyone has any information about these Torrey pine trees, please leave me a comment below!


Walking North Ponto Beach

North Ponto Beach is one of my favorite beaches because you always see many surfers carefully walking down the bluffs with their surfboards. To say I have respect is an understatement. They definitely have skills!

Usually, it is pretty easy to find free parking here, but it is a bit of a decline to get down to the beach.

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South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

south carlsbad beach campground stairs

I continued my adventure by walking south of North Ponto beach and came upon a staircase that connects the South Carlsbad State Beach campground.

On this day, the campground was pretty much filled up, which was nice to see. If you ever wanted to experience camping on the coast in San Diego, this campground is one of the best. I had the pleasure of camping here in 2017, and there is something to be said about falling asleep to crashing waves- pure heaven.


Thank you for joining me on my Carlsbad adventure! If you are looking for an easy hike with absolutely gorgeous views, then head over to Carlsbad today!

Until next time!

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