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.
|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)
|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 Information
Volunteer Park Ranger Program
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.
For more information about the Volunteer Park Ranger Program, contact Park Ranger Ron Vinluan, (760) 744-9000, ext. 3535.
Trail Master Plan Workshop #2
Want to have a say in the future of the city's trail network? The City of San Marcos is offering a second opportunity to attend a public workshop dedicated to discussing trails and open spaces.
June 1 from 6PM to 8PM
San Elijo Recreation Center
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