Lake Calavera

3.45 out of 5
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↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
I put 10 Miles for the Trail Length but there is many many more miles that you can do out here. Lots of networked trails. You can take trails to the hill in the middle of the park and walk up the west side of it and on the east side there are two short but awesome DH sections. At the top of the hill there is very good pic to be taken, viewing the Pacific and the lake. also all trails intertwine around the lake. On the plus side, there is a rope swing on the south side of the lake.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Yes theres an old barn there too -Alex Ortiz

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Q: Is horseback riding allowed -Guest

A: yes

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Reviews (12)

Granny Gear

August 2, 2018
Review: I love riding these little windy trails around the lake. It's really Sandy, but I found some nice flow. Bring sunglasses!

Granny Gear

May 21, 2018
Tony k Granny Gear  
Review: I've been going to this area for about a year now and am still finding new fun trails, it's a really cool place it has just about every kind of trail and usually not to crowded. GREAT FOR LOCALS.

Bunny Hop

December 30, 2017
Araujo Bunny Hop  
Review: It was a sad ride. They are destroying the trails at Calaveras. Sorry I don't know the name of the trails, it maybe called jump line, so from the concrete pad looking west the trail to the right that had nice jumps and berms have been destroyed. Someone took out all the berms and added lots of sand, that trail segment is done.


March 31, 2016
Review: I've been riding Calavera for about 9 years and still finding new and challenging sections of trail. There is a good variety of stuff for all skill levels. This is a great place to keep up your riding skills if you live in the area but probably not worth traveling great distances for. There is an extinct volcano in the park that serves as a good landmark if you feel lost. I find the most exciting and challenging riding to be in the area just south of the big pasture. Summiting the volcano is a bit difficult and I would only recommend this to intermediate or advanced level riders. The best way to get to the peak on bike is from the southwest.

Similar Trail: Rancho La Costa Preserve

Granny Gear

November 27, 2015
Joe Fabris Granny Gear  
Review: Visiting from Santa Cruz with a Cross Bike I went to to find what the local Oceanside trails had to offer. This was a nice payout. I rode in from the coast 6 miles to get to the College Ave. entrance.

I did not find many posted map stations so I basically just started riding and found easy to spot fire roads. They'd pitch up / down now and then, and that was OK.

But then I started to find the single track stuff and that was awesome. Very tight twisting bermed turns, creek crossings, occasional rocky sectors.

All challenging on a cross bike. I'd love to come back with the enduro rig and rail some stuff that I was line-picking my way down and just bomb it.

I found my way out by the lake itself and then did my 6 miles back to the shore.

Great day.

Granny Gear

October 8, 2015
romyg27 Granny Gear  
Review: I just got a job in Carlsbad and wanting to try this trail. Where do I start? and where do I park my car? Does it loop around and back where u started?


Granny Gear

December 30, 2017
Araujo Granny Gear  
Review: Drive or ride to Connon rd. If driving park at the end of Cannon rd just bybthe school. Younwill see where the trail begins. It's not an exact loop, but you can ride up to a concrete pad, and from there you will find many different options. You can also go around the lake and go back down.

Granny Gear

May 8, 2015
jmo Granny Gear  
Review: It may just be personal preference but I really enjoy these trails much more than the typical SoCal climb for 1 hour straight so you bomb downhill in 10 minutes type of trail. Every climb and downhill is relatively short, but one can find almost anything they want in these trails from long flat curvy routes to steep rock gardens to totally built up berms and jumps. The only thing these trails lack are long continuous sections and a clear map.


October 6, 2014
Review: Great meandering tracks that vary in difficulty level. Nice place to explore and find hidden features.


March 20, 2014
Review: This section is alright, but of course everybody wants to play. Lots of track to keep you enteratained. Watch out and yield on the corners.


March 19, 2014
k2rider Trailblazer  
Review: This is our go-to "local" area for the residents of the coastal North County San Diego. Even though I frequently ride the same route, there's no true "loop" per se. This area has a whole lot of short ups and short downs with winding connectors running all over the place. The local crazy youngsters have carved out a couple trails with tons of high speed berms and jumps, both doubles and a few significant drops....that I walk.

Lake Calavera MTB Trail 3.45 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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