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A Hike Up Mount Calavera in Carlsbad CA

 Mount Calavera in Carlsbad CA

I don't do a great deal of hiking, but every now and then I get the inspiration. Such was the other day when I decided to hike up Mount Calavera in the Calavera Hills area of east Carlsbad, about 4 miles inland.


Mount Calavera views in Carlsbad CAMount Calavera, as I have learned, is not actually a mountain but something called a volcanic plug (you can read about this at the Preserve Calavera website).


Basically that means it's solidified volcanic rock that remains in the area that was formerly the vent of an active volcano millions of years ago that eventually eroded away, leaving the 513-foot Mount Calavera.


There are a number of hiking trails, a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation, great views and it's all in an area of preservation. The photos and video say it better than I can. 


And a couple of other places I recommend for hiking in North San Diego County: 


Visit Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla


Hiking in Elfin Forest in Escondido near San Elijo Hills, San Marcos




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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

great views jeff but more than that i like the way you incorporated alot of different techno features with the slideshow & video into your post...i'm getting there...hike must have been inspirational

Aug 17, 2010 02:06 PM #1
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Very enterprising, Jeff.  I can't climb a flight of stairs.

Aug 17, 2010 02:11 PM #2
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jeff ~ Ooooh - watch out for those volcanos! Seriously though - what a beautiful view. 


Aug 17, 2010 02:22 PM #3
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Jeff, Even though you "... . learned... not actually a mountain but something called a volcanic plug"...was the climb any easier than if it was an actual mountain? Thanks for the beautiful visual day trip! Margaret
Aug 17, 2010 02:59 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ginny - it was great fun, and I made sure to take my camera and Flip video.

Jane - practice, practice

Liz - I had no idea of the history. The views were terrific - 360 degrees.

Margaret - nope no difference, especially since I learned this after the fact. It was stilll a hefty climb, more vigorous than I expected and actually quite steep need the top. I was totally out of breath. I thought the history was fascininating. Jeff

Aug 17, 2010 03:37 PM #5
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Ah, Jeff!  Watching your video made me feel like I might have gotten my exercise for the day! 

Aug 17, 2010 03:41 PM #6
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Jeff - Puff puff puff is what you would hear out of me. I wonder what the homeowners feel having a historic hill in their backyard. I am sure it is dead and dried up. I have never heard of a volcanic plug though. Thanks for the education.

Aug 17, 2010 04:11 PM #7
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


What a wonderful presentation of Mount Calavera. 

With hiking opportunities like this available, and those awesome views that photograph so well, buyers should be enticed to that area. 

Love the photos.

Aug 17, 2010 04:12 PM #8
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, I hope you don't mind going up there first and replicating the great signage in the photo, I am sure I can figure it from there, LOL.

Aug 17, 2010 05:16 PM #9
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Wow, quite the views in your video.

Aug 17, 2010 05:22 PM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jeff, beautiful views indeed of Mount Calavera.  I like your slid prestation and didn't know you can do this with picnik....I use slide.com...will try picnik for my next presentation.

Aug 17, 2010 05:42 PM #11
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