Calavera Lake and Cerro de la Calavera Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews
#5 of 5 trails in

Calavera Lake and Cerro de la Calavera Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
685 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
21 days ago

This is the second time I've hiked this area and I find the signage lacking, especially when you get away from the lake. So many criss-crossing trails, can be confusing. I made the mistake of going high instead of low on the east side and found myself on a harrowing climb to the peak. I couldn't turn around and go down unless I scooted down on my heinie.
Suggest hiking to the peak from the west side, unless you're up for a challenging, dangerous at times, trail.

3 months ago