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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 My new 20 year old bike worked great
Intermediate/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 My new 20 year old bike worked great
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

Carlsbad Biking

  • 46 Miles 74 Kilometers of Trail
  • 3 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 19 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 1 Difficult Trail Difficult Trails
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Trails in Carlsbad - 23

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Switchbacks
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA 20 
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
1.7 mi 2.7 km #4Horned Lizard
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA 10 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #5Whiptail Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #6Viewpoint Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #7Nascar Trail
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
Difficult
Lake San Marcos, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8Serpentine Trail
Intermediate
Vista, CA
Intermediate
Vista, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km #9Copper Creek Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km #10Cerro De Las Posas Ridgeline Trail
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA
Intermediate
Lake San Marcos, CA

Photos of Carlsbad - 37

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Sesame Last Run
Sep 27, 2021 near Carlsbad, CA
My new 20 year old bike worked great
Mar 21, 2021 near Lake Sa…, CA
To the right is the start/end of Switchbacks.  To the left is the start of Nascar (aka Drop Down Trail as indicated by signage).
Apr 13, 2022 near Lake Sa…, CA
One of the bridges that cross Copper Creek.
Feb 3, 2022 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
Sitting at the top of Nascar
Jan 11, 2015 near Lake Sa…, CA