hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

dogs on leash

birding

kid friendly

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

I’m giving this a 5 because I thought it was really well marked, maintained, and quiet on a Friday morning. I took some of the side trails to keep my and my little one in the shade and keep him entertained with the water flow. This is the perfect little escape in San Diego when Julian, Romona, etc. are too far for a hike.

Loved the waterfall view and the bridges. Really enjoyed this hike! Would definitely do it again!!

The “waterfall” looked more like a watering hole, really. Definitely bring lots of water to hydrate along the way because there will be some parts of the trail that aren’t shaded.

Great hike, pretty easy. Dogs enjoyed it as well.

This was a very easy, and nice family hike. There are frequent shady areas, which come in handy midday. I would definitely recommend bringing at least 2Liters of water per person.

This Trail Map App has this Trail marked incorrectly, it is not designated by the county or the city as a loop trail, you can make it a loop but you must know where your going, the county does maintain it but it is not marked anyplace as a “Loop Trail”. This could be misleading to someone who wants to check out manually and run, or walk expecting the trail to “loop” them back to where they started. So pay attention, it is an awesome nice easy family friendly Trail!

This is a very nice trail for children. There isn’t any incline, and there’s great scenery and wildlife to entertain kids.

trail running
1 month ago

THIS IS NOT REALLY A LOOP. The Park Ranger really didn't understand why it is listed here as a loop. After running 6.6 miles over quite a few hills, really rocky terrain, and past many warnings about rattlesnakes I took a fall and then found out from a biker that the trail was not a loop and I would have to return 6.6 miles bloody and bruised. You folks really should list this information correctly as it is really rather dangerous to trail runners when you do not. If I had paid for this app I would be expecting a refund.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Super fun and such a great way to get some sweat going.

Pretty nice, very easy. Keep an eye out for the rattlers

Very hot! Would be best early am hours. However it was a very nice work out.

a nice, easy hike. good for a trail run, for sure and very pretty.

We started at the Sorrento Valley Rd Parking lot, crossed over to the North Trail at the Wagon Wheel Crossing and stayed on the North Trail until the Carson's Crossing when we returned back on the South Trail. The waterfall wasn't much of a waterfall due to lack of rain recently, but the area was still pretty. There is a lot of wildlife to see - all kinds of birds (even saw some hummingbirds in the trees at Carson's Crossing), lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, and scat from a bunch of different animals that reside in the Preserve. There is some shade, but not much so be sure to bring lots of water, a hat, sunscreen, and clothing to shield you from the sun. It is an easy hike with minimal inclines. The trail is a mix of loose sand, packed sand, hard dirt, loose rocks. There are a lot of unmarked trails connecting to the main trails so make sure to bring a map to keep track of where you are. The bathroom at the parking area is a single portable toilet. Signs at the trailhead indicate the area has ticks, but the paths are quite wide in most places and easy to stay on the trail - doesn't hurt to use bug spray just in case. We went midday on a weekday and only saw a few other people (some on bikes and some walking) - however, I can see how this can be a busy trail during peak times.

Long but easy, good for a run

Some very modest hills, but otherwise a flat walk (or run) up Penesquitos Canyon. A small waterfall at the mid point provides some scrambling opportunities as well as a place to cool your feet. A fairly easy hike, but little to no breeze in the canyon, so not a good option on hot days.

Great conditioning hike but primarily easy on the knees and interesting location with river bed on one side and up the hill are buildings .... fun surprises !

The heat was a little tough but nothing too bad.

It was way more interesting than I expected. Definitely go to the waterfall. In general it’s very flat, but the trees are very beautiful.

$3 cash to park.

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail for walking and trail run. Several trails to choose from. Small ponds and waterfall along the way. Came across several people on trail and mountain bikers. Share the path. Signs throughout path. Great workout. Will do again. Recommend if your looking to walk (not hike) and trail run.

More of a walk than a hike, but suited our needs perfectly. Quite a few other hikers and bikers but a nice wide trail and really lovely waterfall/pools at the end of the trail and some pretty bridges crossing the stream along the way. Brought the dogs on leashes and they loved it. Did see a pretty big snake slither across the path so was glad we kept the dogs on leashes at all times.

Great hike! Very easy if you walk! Lots of different routes to go which is nice for seeing different things. But I did have to PAY THREE DOLLARS IN CASH

on Lopez Canyon Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nice long but easy hike. Pretty views of the river along the way. Unfortunately it's tick haven right now. Also there was quite a bit of evidence of snakes on the trail. Be extra cautious with dogs and horses!

Good trail to walk. “Waterfall” wasn’t much. But overall it was nice.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Since the ranger station was built on corner of Mercy Rd. and Black Mountain Rd. the trail head is located just east of the ranger station on Mercy Rd. This is a great ride but be careful there are spots with loose dirt where your tires can wash out on corners.

its, nice place

Great Trail for beginners!!

My girlfriend and I loved this hike!!! So beautiful and peaceful.. 8 Miles!!

trail running
5 months ago

Pretty sweet lil trail super easy , easy to navigate , descent lil scenery nice lil water way in the middle

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