Hosp Grove Trail

Carlsbad, California

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For better or worse, eucalyptus trees from Australia have become a major component of San Diego County’s contemporary “urban forest.” More than a century ago, in locales such as the University of California–San Diego campus, Rancho Santa Fe, Scripps Ranch, and coastal North County, tall varieties of eucalyptus were planted in a misguided effort to produce wood for railroad ties. These trees largely escaped the ax after it was discovered that the wood from these eucalyptus species cracks and splits too easily for use as lumber. Eucalyptus trees young and old still drape some hillsides just east of I-5, and above Buena Vista Lagoon in Carlsbad, at a place called Hosp Grove.

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"For better or worse, eucalyptus trees from Australia have become a major component of San Diego County’s contemporary “urban forest.” More than a century ago, in locales such as the University of California–San Diego campus, Rancho Santa Fe, Scripps Ranch, and coastal North County, tall varieties of eucalyptus were planted in a misguided effort to produce wood for railroad ties. These trees largely escaped the ax after it was discovered that the wood from these eucalyptus species cracks and splits too easily for use as lumber. Eucalyptus trees young and old still drape some hillsides just east of I-5, and above Buena Vista Lagoon in Carlsbad, at a place called Hosp Grove."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carlsbad
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: .5 hour
Season: All year
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: City of Carlsbad
Local Maps: USGS San Luis Rey
Driving Directions: Directions to Hosp Grove Trail

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