In San Diego you can hike atop a volcano. Yes, right in Southern California!
The dog-friendly train in east Carlsbad leads adventurers around a 1.8 mile loop with plenty of sights to see along the way. The path can be found at Lake Calavera Open Space Preserve, which is home to a well kept non-swimming or boating lake that fuels wildlife in the area. At one point there was a volcano here. In fact, Mount Calavera is actually a volcanic plug created millions of years ago. The city explained that Lake Calavera Preserve is actually home to four sensitive plant species and twelve sensitive animal species. This includes California buckwheat, the orange-throated whiptail, the buckeye butterfly and monkey flower, and so much more.
Mountainous remnants of past volcanoes are created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano, according to the National Park Service.
AllTrials, a fitness and travel app used in outdoor recreational activities, consider this hike to moderately challenging with the average time of completion clocking around 39 minutes.
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