Hosp Grove was established in 1908 as a business venture by F.P. Hosp, who hoped to profit by selling the wood from fast-growing eucalyptus trees for use in the railroads. Unfortunately for Hosp, eucalyptus wood turned out to be unsuitable for construction purposes, and much of the land was eventually sold for residential development. Hosp’s misfortune turned into a benefit for hikers however, when in 1986 the City of Carlsbad purchased the remaining 53 acres of the grove and turned it into a park with several miles of hiking trails.
The grove is split into two halves – the West Grove and East Grove, bisected by a busy road (Monroe Street). The West Grove has a small park with children’s play area along with trails. The East Grove has a much more elaborate network of interconnecting trails. So many trails in fact, that it gets a little confusing to navigate. It’s a relatively compact piece of land however, so it’s pretty difficult to get lost. It’s a great spot to just wander around and explore.
We had a short climb uphill. Down on our left was a busy road, and the sound of rushing traffic could be heard.
Despite the proximity of civilization, we still found the trail to be an enjoyable respite. The towering eucalyptus trees provided cover from the hot midday sun, and numerous lizards zoomed along the trailside, keeping us entertained.
We passed a junction where a side trail split off to the right, heading uphill to a nearby residential area. We stayed to the left, heading downhill towards the road (Monroe St). As we got closer to the road, the path split again, with one fork leading to the left. We continued straight ahead towards the road and crossed to the other side of the street.
The trail dead-ended at a modest overlook. The view was mostly obscured by the trees, but that wasn’t a huge drawback as the view beyond appeared to be mostly of the mall parking lot across the street.
We made our way to the sidewalk and turned left, heading back towards the West Grove. After crossing back over Monroe Street, this time using the crosswalk, we picked up the lower branch of the West Grove trail.
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Take I-5 to the Las Flores Dr exit and head west on Las Flores Dr. Turn right onto Jefferson St and continue for approximately .6 miles. The entrance to the Hosp Grove parking lot will be on your right. map
|Total Distance:||1.7 miles|
|Difficulty:||Easy – Moderate|
|Total Ascent:||378 feet|
|Dog Friendly?:||Leashed dogs allowed|
|Bike Friendly?:||Bikes allowed|
|Facilities:||Port-a-potty at trailhead; no water|