Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail

EASY 139 reviews

Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, CA 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 111 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.

4 days 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
5 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
18 days ago

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

24 days ago

1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

No hills on the trail, but you will walk on sand and small rocks. Some shades. We walked here once in the morning in very hot day, not so pleasant, once in the afternoon very nice. More than 1 way to get to the waterfall.

walking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

It was a nice walk. It wasn't hard. We walked to the waterfall, which wasn't what I anticipated but still beautiful and a nice place for a break before the return trip.

hiking
2 months ago

This was such a beautiful place to spend the morning. It's so peaceful and has a running creek. There is plenty of shade if you don't want to be in the direct sun especially on a hot day like today!

2 months ago

Very easy and uneventful flat trail. Some fun rocks to climb and play around on at the turnaround spot near the "creek"... Would be a good running trail, or easy bike trail.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great and nice views. It was peaceful with great places to stop and enjoy the shade.

trail running
2 months ago

Excellent views. Nice grades for a challenging trail run. A lot of mountain bikes.

2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Fun and beautiful walk. We live a few blocks away so this is our go-to spot to get out when we are on a time budget. Also fun to play on the rocks around the waterfall.

walking
3 months ago

It was good, fairly busy. The trail is actually a decent width, so with 2 way traffic it isn't so bad. I like to take my little dog there, and my older less active mother.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty popular trail on weekdays and weekends. Super dry in the summer, but a nice walk. Very flat, and the waterfall isn't too exciting. Dog friendly, but lots of mountain bikes and horses on weekends.