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Cerro de la Calavera is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 318 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Lake Views Wild flowers
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Greg Steward
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Aimee Palmer
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Robin Marsh
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Clear, well trodden path. It splits up a lot near the top so try to stay on the main path as I accidentally got off trail and saw something bigger rustling through the bushes. At the top I was surprised to see cables meant for climbing down one of the steeper sides but they didn’t look well used so I wouldn’t trust them, personally. I ended up going down the opposite side, as the trails all connect to each other at some point. Unfortunately I was one of the only people wearing a mask, despite the many people hanging out around the top. Please think of others on trail! Happy hiking!

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Aimee Palmer
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Brianna Bielecki
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Easy walk, little shade, lots of trash on the trail which was unfortunate. Nice for a weekday summer sweat.

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Obadiah Keshka
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Pretty short hike, but definitely a good work out if you take the narrow and steep way up

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Randall Smith
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Cindy G.
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Brenda Nabuco
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Lisa W
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Difficulty: Easy Mileage: ~2 Pets: Dog friendly View: Carlsbad, Tri City, Lake Calavera What to bring: Small water or nothing Parking: Street Fee: Free Time: ~1 Super easy stroll to the top. Easy ascend, no challenge here. It’s a good hike for kids and families as it’s an easy one to start your kids into. It’s not that high up. Many people. It’s a local neighborhood hike.

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Michelle Lai
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Hiked up at 6:15 pm. Awesome view. You can see the ocean in the distance.

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Robb Scheele
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Erica Mills
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I wouldn’t recommend doing the super steep narrow route that this app suggests unless you are very sure of your footing and don’t have dogs with you pulling every which way we found an alternate trail to get down that was more manageable, and also made a stop at a little clearing with a labyrinth made of rocks which was pretty cool

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Erica Mills
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Did this loop in reverse and going downhill on the frontside was pretty steep/tricky but otherwise a great hike :)

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Martin Brenner
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Kent McCorkle
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DJ Goodman
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HikingNo shade

Cool hike past a lake and over to an extinct volcano! How often do you get to see that when exploring Southern California?!? Although I didn’t see any cool wildlife, there were pics of bobcat, rattlesnakes, & roadrunners seen in the area! I made the mistake of not wearing my hiking boots or running shoes with traction. They would have came in handy on the steep incline & decline sections. This hike does not offer too much shade so unless you like the heat, get here early or during the cool months.

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GT W
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This trail should be marked moderate because if you follow this route it is the quickest ascent and descent possible from the top of the extinct volcano. Rock scrambles are present and it gets very dicey at some points on the descent given the extreme grade. Poles recommended.

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Brenda Lagunes
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Delfina Rivera
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Randall Starkey
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Warren White
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Doug Sjolund
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Obadiah Keshka
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