Hiking Calavera Hills Community Park

Hiking Calavera Hills Community Park

Not our smartest idea, but not our dumbest idea either. The day before the Carlsbad half marathon, my husband and I went on a short hike through Calavera Hills Community Park. Our motive for California was never the half marathon, it was to see the state.

I have no regrets about the hike, and it was a fun exploration.  It was also the first time I’ve hiked a Volcano before! At one point, it was active; it’s now extinct.  The lake surrounding it, Lake Calavera, also attracts many different birds, plants, and other waterfowl.

When we went on a Saturday, there were plenty of people but it never felt overwhelming and we didn’t run into a lot of people.

We started on what seemed like a more rigorous trail. It went completely downhill.  I was a little worried because what goes down must go back up, and then I saw it level off.

Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

About .5 we saw the Lake in the background and headed in that general area. We could see people climbing the top of what appeared to be a mountain.

Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

But it wasn’t a mountain at all!  In fact, it was an extinct Volcano.  After careful consideration (on a scale of 1-10, how dumb is this?), we decided to climb to the top. We knew it might affect the race but were over it.

Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

Looking Down

Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

We climbed about 500 feet so it was cool to see that on the Coros watch (review to come). Hiking Lake Calavera Carlsbad California

In all, it was an enjoyable hike and I have no regrets. It took us about 75 minutes to go roughly 3 hours, but we tooled around and took our time too. Do I think I was probably more sore during the half for doing it? Probably. Am I sad? No.

Winter Hikes:

Walking the Manasquan Reservoir

Hiking to the Headley Overlook at Mahlon Dickerson

Walking Merrill Creek Reservoir

Questions for you:

Have you ever hiked a volcano before?

What is your favorite hike?

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