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25 mi 41 km of trail 3 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 3 Trails Intermediate Trails 20 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail
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Recommended Routes in Carlsbad - 3

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Favorite Calavera Mountain and Lake Calavera in the foreground.
Intermediate

Lake Calavera Tour

5.0 mi 8.0 km 392' Up 119.48 m Up 389' Down 118.52 m Down

Carlsbad, CA
Favorite Horned Lizard Rocky Descent
Difficult

Horned Lizzard to Whiptail Loop

5.4 mi 8.7 km 730' Up 222.39 m Up 729' Down 222.31 m Down

Lake Sa…, CA
Favorite Horned Lizard Rocky Descent
Difficult

La Costa Preserve - South Side Access

8.8 mi 14.1 km 1,216' Up 370.54 m Up 1,216' Down 370.49 m Down

Lake Sa…, CA

Trails in Carlsbad - 21

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1.6 mi 2.5 km #1Viewpoint Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #2Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve Utility Road
Intermediate
Carlsbad, CA
Intermediate
Carlsbad, CA
1.9 mi 3.1 km #3Lake Loop Trail
Intermediate
Carlsbad, CA
Intermediate
Carlsbad, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #4Switchbacks
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA 14 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #5Horned Lizard
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #6Whiptail Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.8 mi 1.3 km #7Black Sage
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8Serpentine Trail
Intermediate
Vista, CA
Intermediate
Vista, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km #9Cerro De Las Posas Ridgeline Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.9 mi 1.5 km #10Sunset Trail
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #11Lake San Marcos Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.0 mi 1.5 km #12Monkey Flower Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Vista, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Vista, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #13Discovery Trail
Easy
Lake San Marcos, CA
Easy
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #14Denning Road
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.5 mi 0.9 km #15Water Tank Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #16Connector
Easy/Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km #17Diestro Connector
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #18Utility Road Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #19Oak Riparian Loop Trail
Intermediate
Vista, CA
Intermediate
Vista, CA
1.0 mi 1.5 km #20East Loop Trail
Intermediate
Vista, CA
Intermediate
Vista, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km #21Copper Creek Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA

Photos of Carlsbad - 30

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Horned Lizard Rocky Descent
Sep 8, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
Carlsbad Highlands
Mar 8, 2020 near Vista, CA
Carlsbad Highlands
Mar 8, 2020 near Vista, CA
By far the most technical section that I encountered.
Feb 23, 2019 near Lake Sa…, CA
Copper Creek Falls at end of Whiptail Loop
Oct 17, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
Sitting at the top of Nascar
Jan 11, 2015 near Lake Sa…, CA
The view from the top is worth the climb.
May 27, 2017 near Lake Sa…, CA
Top of Double Peak, Mt. Whitney left Frank's Peak right.
Jul 8, 2019 near Lake Sa…, CA