Outdoor Adventures & Trails

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Our Services

With more than 63 miles of trail, San Marcos offers an extensive trail network that is ideal for hiking, biking, running, and equestrian use.

The Outdoor Adventures Division is committed to providing the community with opportunities to access the natural outdoor environment for the purpose of learning, teaching and recreation. It is our mission to inspire individuals to be advocates for sustainability, conservation and healthy lifestyles.

 Hikes San Marcos Hiking Trails

San Marcos features a proposed 72 miles multi-use trail system. 63 miles of existing trails are great for hiking, biking, running, equestrian use and more.   

Scheduled Hikes  (All hikes start at 9 am, sign in at 8:30 am)

Interactive Trails Map

Trail Guidelines & Rules

Trail Warnings 

 Nature Center

Jack's Pond Nature Center
Jack's Pond Nature Center provides information about local habitats, plants, animals, geology, and cultural history in educational and enjoyable ways. San Marcos residents of all ages are welcome to encounter the many wonders of this natural, rustic learning and hiking habitat.

Open Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 1 pm, except major holidays;
Private reservations available on Mondays & Tuesdays

Nature Center and Outdoor Adventure Events 

Nature Center Information

 Park Rangers

Volunteer Programs
Park Ranger

Acting as a source of public information about the more than 30 City parks and trail network, park rangers interpret and enforce park rules and regulations for visitors, assist with various events and programs and ensure safety for park patrons.

Contact Park Ranger Ron Vinluan, (760) 744-9000, ext. 3535.

Nature Center Docent
Help connect people to nature by volunteering with Jack's Pond Nature Center. Opportunities include helping with field trips, manning the Nature Center on weekends, special events and public outreach. Must be 18 years old.
Contact Kylee Wideman, (760) 744-9000, ext. 3508.

Trail Warnings

Rattlesnakes
Rattlesnakes are present on the trails & protect themselves if cornered or threatened. Please do not disturb or attempt to capture them. Look in the bathroom before walking in as snakes like to rest in cool places. If you see a rattlesnake & believe it is a problem & will remain long enough to be caught, please call 9-1-1.

Mountain Lions have been sighted in San Marcos
When using trails, do not walk or ride alone and keep children close. If you see a mountain lion, do not run away; back up slowly and give them their space.


For more information please contact:

 Community Services Department
Park Ranger & Recreation Supervisor
3 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-9000

Ron Vinluan
(760) 744-9000, ext. 3535