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Carlsbad Flower Field Hiking Trail  Overview

The Carlsbad Flower Fields is a destination blooming with color, energy and life! Open during the spring months from March 1 – May 10, this 50 acre ranch features several varieties of flowers from ranunculus to roses. Although the hiking trail is a fairly simple dirt road, this destination is a fun place to visit with the family, on a hiking date, or a great hike for new outdoor enthusiasts.

The Carlsbad Flower Fields were established in the 1930s by the Frazee family. Originally the fields featured single red and yellow flowers, but over the years expanded to include a variety of colors. Today, the Flower Fields are visited by over 125,000 people annually and maintained by the Armstong Garden Centers.

Length: 1-2 miles round-trip

Parking: Free.

Admission: $12.00 for Adults, $11.00 for Seniors 60+, $6.00 for Children 3-10, Children 2 and under are free

Check website for hours of operation.

The Carlsbad Flower Fields Hiking Trail is an excellent family destination for all athletic backgrounds. We enjoyed taking our family on this hike and experience an afternoon in the outdoors with them. Although it’s an easier hike for more active enthusiasts, the colors from The Flower Fields ignite the soul with passion, life and

The Carlsbad Flower Fields Hiking Trail Map:

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Directions (for GPS):  5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA

From the Los Angeles/North Orange County Area:

  • Take the 1-5 South
  • Take the Palomar Airport Rd exit
  • Turn left onto Palomar Airport Rd
  • Turn left onto Paseo Del Norte

From the San Diego Area:

  • Take the 1-5 North
  • Take the Palomar Airport Rd exit
  • Turn right onto Palomar Airport Rd
  • Take the 1st left onto Paseo Del Norte 
When to Go: Spring: The Flower Fields are generally open from March 1 – May 10. The Fields are a popular destination and attract large crowds on the weekend. The Go Hike It Team recommends visiting early in the day to help avoid these crowds. 
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Dog Friendly: No, only service dogs are allowed at The Flower Fields.
Intensity Levels: 
  • Barry-the-Bear: “What a fun outdoor experience! This was my first outdoor hike and I loved it! The flowers are stunning! Thanks Go Hike It!
  • Larry-the-Lion: “This hike is great for the family! I was able to push my children in the stroller and also take the grandparents along! The flowers are incredibly beautiful and there are lots of restaurants in the area for a post hike outing.”
  • Chris-the-Cheetah: “This was the easiest hike that I have ever experienced. However the colors were so vibrant that the visual aspects became mentally exhausting. I love the color stimulus and followed up this divine color inspiration with a hike to Potato Chip Rock. “

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