Lake Calavera Preserve Loop
ElevationAscent: 180' 55 m
Descent: -180' -55 m
High: 381' 116 m
Low: 223' 68 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“Get out and enjoy a great mix of everything Calavera Hills has to offer.”— Jared Gustafson
From the path, stay right and head straight up the trail instead of continuing on the Lake Loop Trail (you'll get there later). Shortly up the trail, you'll see a right, which you'll want to take to enjoy the up and down singletrack. You'll climb out of the singletrack toward power poles before connecting with the fire road and heading right.
You'll soon make a "T" with the next fire road and head right down the steep grade before climbing back out. You'll level out with homes on your left, then head right back down and up to a wide path on your right, where looking left you'll see an iron gate leading toward a street.
Hug the fence on the right and follow the fence to the large boulders marking the trail intersection where you'll keep right. Stay on the main trail down and follow the signs taking you left. You'll see the lake soon enough as you follow the path above the lake.
Watch for blind corners where mountain bikers may be coming around. If you run with music, keep at least one earbud out so you can hear what's happening around you.
The upper lake path will weave left and right then take you down a rocky descent where you can work on your fancy footwork bouncing down the rocks. At the dam, keep right and connect with the trail on your right just after the steep cement-path incline. You'll follow this fire road all the way back to the car.
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Land Manager: City of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Dept.