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Trail Talk: Lake Calavera
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An interview with the trail captain 

Aerial view of Lake Calavera
View of lake

What's unique about this trail? 

At one point, this was a volcano; it's now extinct. What's incredible about this property is the diverse plant and wildlife that's out here. The lake attracts birds you typically don't see in upland coastal sage scrub habitats, like egrets, herons, ducks and other water fowl.

Trail map

What do you especially like about this trail? 

It's one of the more extensive trail networks in Carlsbad, and it connects to other trails.

Mountain biking on the trail

Who uses this trail? 

This is probably the busiest preserve in the City of Carlsbad, with heavy traffic from trail runners, hikers, dog walkers and lots of mountain bikers.

Erosion control
Volunteers clearing trash from the trail
Biker shares trail with walkers

As the trail captain, how do you help maintain this trail? 

I help stave off erosion or any kind of water damage by routinely checking all the trails. I trim bushes to keep the trails clear and at a minimum width. I've also donated plants to the park.


How can everyone help maintain this trail? 

We ask mountain bikers to maintain safer speeds. Keep dogs on leash, and pick up after your dogs. Please tote dog waste bags and other trash to the appropriate receptacle. Please notify the city's Parks & Recreation Department of any trail conditions that need attention.

Contact Information

Trail captain: Eric Mickelson
Eric has been helping maintain the Lake Calavera trails for over two years.
Parks & Recreation
Liz Ketabian, Park Planner

799 Pine Ave., Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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