Lake Calavera

MODERATE 548 reviews
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Lake Calavera is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for trail running, mountain biking, and backpacking and is best used from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
652 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

mountain biking

trail running

lake

views

wild flowers

12 days ago

Was amazing climbing up the Volcano so much fun when you get to the top!! Loved it.

hiking
12 days ago

The trailhead at College/CVD has very steep ingress/egress and is full of dog poo (unlike most of the trails at Calavera).

20 days ago

This hike & map is purely a flat path for Dogs and Bikes, not for hiking. Luckily there are other trails there that are a better option, so it wasn’t a complete waste.

hiking
25 days ago

Easy to moderate hike. Trails are hard to follow due to not enough trail signs. If going to the top of Mount Calavera it’s best to use walking sticks.

walking
1 month ago

The trails here are pretty easy, it does get a little confusing at times because some areas aren’t marked. It’s also a funny sunny hike, so make sure you wear sunscreen.
The one thing that is very annoying are the screaming kids, people leave them at home!

1 month ago

It’s a great hike but easy to get off if the main trail onto an off shoot trail. Had to keep checking to stay on. The volcano is pretty cool.
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3 months ago

Beautiful views and nice little lake. A little confusing to traverse with all the random side trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Moderate ups and downs. Varying terrain. Good workout. NOT for bad knees.

4 months ago

very nice

4 months ago

great multi use trail for all ages with much to see - lake, volcano, labyrinth, mtn top shrine, caves.

hiking
5 months ago

There are some only 4 parking spots. You climb down hill the first part and you have to climb up after hiking for 2 hours. I went middle of December and it was about 75F, it was too warm. There is very little shade. I don't recommend for a summer hike. Also the trail markers are non existent.

5 months ago

This trail sucks! Does not give you directions and the lake is full of poop do not let your dogs in or near it!! Will NOT come back!!!

6 months ago

Jogged the whole thing, took me less than an hour and I enjoyed it, great easy hike

6 months ago

One of the best trails in the area.

hiking
6 months ago

relatively easy hiking, with a lake and some good views at the top

6 months ago

wonderful trail, beautiful views, plenty of parking

Good

Está bien.

7 months ago

Love my hometown mountain! Multiple trails around the lake and even up to the peak. Challenge yourself by going on the Oceanside trail head leading up the back of the mountain! Great views and you can find a trail for all levels

7 months ago

Excellent trail. Not to easy, not too difficult. I walked this trail in May.

hiking
8 months ago

Love the views.

mountain biking
8 months ago

trail running
9 months ago

Love having this near my house. Can get anywhere from 5-9 miles depending on the trails I connect together. You cannot get lost, I'm convinced. Even if I wander off on a different trail it always connects with a trail I know. Bring water because it is an exposed trail and gets quite warm. I always have fun exploring out here and never tire of it.

9 months ago

Great trail for the entire family

mountain biking
9 months ago

excellent for quick hike around lake. peek has good views. i think there are better views on like 3 of the 40 trails going all around the volcano. mountain biking there is a lot of fun. definitely some easy paths to ride but others can be quite intense. steep incline with lots of big jagged rocks. hard to know which trails are which but ive gone on 3 rides thru the park for about an hour each time and i am starting to learn the trails. dog friendly. i never have an issue with parking either. usually some decent traffic on trails. enjoy! :)

hiking
10 months ago

A poorly marked trail without much shade. The lake is small and not much view...

10 months ago

I love Calavera!!

hiking
10 months ago

Great easy loop for a quick afternoon hike near Carlsbad. Very pretty wild flowers, not heavily trafficked.

10 months ago

Family friendly, great views, provided some minor uphill climbs which was cool...

10 months ago

Trail behind my house. Great short and hard hike. Lots of loose earth so be careful. You get to hike up an old volcano and at the top you have 360 views of north Carlsbad and the Pacific Ocean. You can do a quick loop in under an hour and it's a great workout.

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