Lake Calavera

MODERATE 586 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

25 minutes ago

love this hike because if you want hard take 1 way or if you want easy take another way. My husband likes to do mountain biking so he can do that while the dogs,kids & I hike the hills. Bring your hiking shoes as it does get slippery on some hills especially the Volcano. BEWARE rattlesnakes & they are huge! we saw them by the cave.

mountain biking
20 days ago

Bike riding. Easy with a few steep hills. Friendly people on the trail

24 days ago

nice scenery.

trail running
1 month ago

Very fun loop, some areas are a bit technical but nothing anyone can’t do. Lots of people all over the trail too.

1 month ago

love this trail for a good cardio workout. Spotted a roadrunner on last hike. Why do the dog owners put the poop in plastic bags and leave them on the trail? The poop would be better than the littering.

2 months ago

It was a good trek. It’s a mix of Uphill, Downhill and flat land. But watch out, there are a lot of rattle snacks (they did not harm anyone). We spotted 3 and I was going to step on 1 while I was walking. Just be more careful

walking
2 months ago

Nice trek. A bit slippery on the hillside and on the gravel parts. Easy to walk past trail up to Volcano.
Lots of Coyote scat and Dog poop on the trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

LOVED IT ALL!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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!

4 months 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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5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

7 months ago

very nice

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

8 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!!!

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

One of the best trails in the area.

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

wonderful trail, beautiful views, plenty of parking

Good

Está bien.

10 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

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Love the views.

mountain biking
11 months ago

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