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Lake Calavera Trails
  • Map of north city trails 
  • Surface: Paved and unpaved; flat to steep, wet, rocky

    Length: 6.24 miles

    Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

    Located in the northeast part of the city bordering the City of Oceanside, Lake Calavera is an open space preserve that is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers.  Lake Calavera Preserve was set aside to conserve natural lands for the protection of native plants and wildlife. Recreational activities, such as hiking and mountain biking, are conditionally allowed, but must be compatible with habitat and species protection.

    The Lake Calavera Trails Master Plan was approved in January 2010.  This plan, which identifies authorized trails and trail improvements, was developed by Parks & Recreation with input from the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, Preserve Calavera, and residents.

    Trails access

    • Carlsbad Village Drive (at Penisula Drive) and College Boulevard
    • Tamarack Avenue at Strata Drive
    • Sky Haven Lane near Lake Boulevard (in Oceanside)

    Future improvements

    • Installation of fencing to protect wildlife and natural habitats and to block off unsustainable trails
    • Conversion of existing trails, abandoned farm roads and utility access roads to authorized trails
    • Decommission unsustainable and unauthorized trails
    • Habitat restoration projects that will restore a total of eight acres in five locations of disturbed areas back to natural habitat, providing homes to numerous native plant and animal species.
    • Trail signage
    • Interpretive signage program
    • Informational kiosks
    • Boardwalk creek crossings
    • Trash and dog waste stations
    • Picnic areas
    • Restrooms
    • Bike rack


    Contact Information

    Parks & Recreation
    Liz Ketabian, Park Planner

    799 Pine Avenue, Suite 200
    Carlsbad, CA 92008

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