Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail

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Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles 187 feet Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Los Penasquitos Canyon is about 6.1 miles roundtrip from the staging area to the waterfall and located near Carmel Valley/Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa, California. The trail is great for hiking, mountain biking, and horse back riding, and can take 2-4 hours. This is a generally flat hike that you can make as long or as short as you like. There are runners, walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and people of all sorts on this shady and sunny walk. The trails are well maintained and marked. You can stay on the main drag or jog off on the single lane trails that always eventually meet up with the two main trails.

3 minutes ago

Trail entrance was closed. Perhaps due to recent rains.

hiking
13 hours ago

It was a good time, very muddy which made for even more fun. (All this good ole rain we've been needing) You could go the "dry route" but it was on the really wide path away from the greenery! The single trail is much more exciting! Had to walk through some pretty thick mud, and hop a few mud pits and streams, so be sure to wear some waterproof shoes! There was a sign about poison oak on the ground, but not sure we saw any. The view of the waterfall was beautiful! Oh and everyone on their mountain bikes were very courteous- went up and around us without question. Also people with dogs tended to be very aware of other dogs, we were asked twice "are you okay with our dog coming up to your dog" great trail. We took our 11 year old daughter, 9 month old son and Boston dog they loved it!

11 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Easy walk with no elevation gainat all, but a beautiful waterfall

1 month ago

Beautiful

walking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail to take a walk on. The falls are nice to see. Very pretty and serene. Only downside is the bicyclists, most don't understand trail etiquette which is a little frustrating. Especially when it's busy.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to do when nothings going on. Not too difficult and you can spend hours moving along.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Easy to moderate biking with several different options. Small water fall halfway through the persevere. Great place to explore. A gem in the mist of suburb North county.

hiking
2 months ago

This was more of a nature walk than a hike. Did the 6-mile out-and-back trail to the falls and it was about 50/50 shade to sun. Make sure you bring some water! There was no fee for the parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

very easy but it was quite long.saw five horses and lots of cool scenery the "waterfall" was a little disappointing i have to admit. did not compare to home (upstate New York) stillglad we went

3 months ago

easy buy very long. a lot of traffic on this trail. started mid day and finished in pitch black. all the night noise was hauntingly beautiful.

walking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Easy Pesy. Nice and flat. Take water and go early to avoid heat because very little shade

hiking
4 months ago

Great walk, not a lot of shade. Go early because it is hot in the summer!!

4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

It's a good place to walk, run, ride your bike, walk your dog, or go horseback riding because it's completely flat. Just watch out for the road apples, there are A LOT of them. It's pretty nasty. Why don't horse people have to pick up after their horses? that's just disgusting. Oh and there is no waterfall this time of year :(

walking
5 months ago

it is a walk on plain road. we tried in summer hot day. There is not much shade. kids enjoys waterfall. Try this early morning in summer.