Lake Calavera is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Lots of different trails to choose from. it can be a leisure walk or a nice moderate hike. Dog friendly trails are the best. Trails are clean and Everyone I've met there is very Friendly.
Fun exploring the dead volcano & trails up to the peak. I went late afternoon so there was the local high school cross country team running the trails & a handful of mountain bikers. A times it got a little congested on segments of the trails, but nothing too bad for the time of the day and it's surroundings. My only disappointment was the Motocross guy that came cutting through the preserve which I thought was illegal. I'll assume it was a rare occurrence and chalk it up to odd luck this day.
Nice options to choose from; moderate hike.
Super accesible, many ways to the top, great for mountain biking.
Its a great simple hike, with an ocean view at the top
This is a great trail. Hike down hill from Peninsula drive where you park...Carlsbad village drive to the left. Many variations. Once I got to asphalt road. I took a left and walked across the dam and up the mountain and back the same way for about 3.25 miles and a 640 foot ascent. About 1 hour 5 minutes. Great view from the top. Neat volcano. With so many variations, another great after work place to go. Not as much ascent or trail grooming as their is at Double Peak in San Marcos( about 1000 feet ascent according to my trusty Suunto Traverse), but still a great workout and many variations make this the top Carlsbad choice, I think. Pretty cool to hike up a volcano. I would agree with moderate rating.
Volcano to the top amazing! Hiked w my 20 mo old on my back.. 34 lbs
Great trail to have in your back yard!!! Offers a variety of trail options from beginner to moderate to some more advanced spots ...enjoy!
It is a nice walk with the dog. Watch out for the Poison Oak. Some bicyclists are just careless racing around blind corners and get po'd that you are in their way.
amazing loved it!!!!
Third time a charm. Finally followed the suggested trail. Somany wonderful trails to wonder up and down, hard to follow the map.
Went with friends and my dog. Wish there were more trash cans and shaded picnic tables throughout the trail. Had to either carry full dog poop bags with you for miles, or leave it on the side and pick it up on the way back. Maybe I'll just bring a ziplock next time. It was pretty though! Half of it it shaded. Would suggest wearing a hat because the sun beats down on you during some parts.
Challenging! Not too difficult but not too easy. Loved it! Definitely coming back soon