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