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fee
no shade
5 hours ago

Great trail. Encountered a few snakes but the trail is wide and they crossed quickly. The waterfall was busy even though the path was not. Would definitely come back again in the future.

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rocky
scramble
17 hours ago

Loved this trail! Pretty long but not too hard so bring enough water. It was pretty cloudy but not too cool, definitely bring bug spray as there are bugs all the way through. I did encounter some snakes but nothing to serious, just give them their space lol. The waterfall was too crowded, had to cross through the water to get back on trail and let me tell you that water felt amazing!! Would and will come back to better my time (: definitely recommend

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bugs
fee
off trail
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Great trail. Very pretty scenery! Loved the waterfall and little pools that it had to swim in. It is kid friendly to an extent. 90% of the trail was extremely rocky. So may be hard for kids to walk on. Same goes for dogs. Was a flat hike but long. We did about 7 or so miles of walking.

Great trail for beginner riders or to take your girlfriend on. Fun ups downs and straight aways. Mountain bike required for sure.

Heavily populated and sunny, little shade unless you divert to offshoot paths. Feels like a million miles out of the city, is a really nice local escape. Will keep coming back!

Great trail. Very flat until the falls. Nice walk out. Lots of people and dogs. The actual falls were pretty crowded but you can climb to an open spot. $3 for parking!

I have lived at the end of Park Village Ave for over 25 years and have hiked every inch of this beautiful area. This is a truly special wilderness preserve in an urban area. It has been overseen and protected by The Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, a non-profit dedicated to keeping this jewel intact, supported, and viable for the future. We welcome visitors and encourage them to use these limited and dwindling resources. Unfortunately I have to agree with others with recent reports that this valuable recreational area is being used, exploited, for purposes it wasn't originally intended for, and by people who are not respecting both the rights and safety of others as well as the canyon and preserve itself. I hike nearly every day and am sad to report that in over 90% of the encounters I have with other people, or groups, nobody is respecting social distancing (every time it is me who has to stop and step off the trail to let others pass) and only a handful are wearing face coverings (I always have a mask I pull up during every encounter, except for bikers who come up behind me often without warning). The Park Rangers and support staff are stressed and overwhelmed with the influx of people who might find a more enjoyable experience if they were to go to a beach or a boardwalk, instead of what used to be a quiet, serene, immaculate, wilderness experience. PLEASE come and enjoy the canyon, but also PLEASE look up the 7 principals behind Leave No Trace, a framework of minimum impact practices that outdoor enthusiasts have followed for decades if not centuries.

I used to love this trail before quarantine. I would go on weekdays and see less than a dozen other people. Since it’s been reopened there are more people here than ever before, and barely any of them wear face masks. Groups of people, blasting music, taking up the entire trail and not staying 6 feet away. Litter everywhere. It’s obnoxious and nothing is being done about it. I won’t be returning until quarantine is over and the obnoxious amateurs go back to whatever they were doing before.

We picked this trail because we could take our dog. We had no idea that half of the trail would be loose gravel. Do not take your dog unless you put booties on your dog to protect their feet. The waterfall at the end was packed with people and social distancing as well as wearing a face mask were non existent. Trash was along the trail. I would not recommend it. Lots of people carrying their loud music. If you are looking for an escape, this is not it.

Easy trail, lots of people.

Great trail, good for hiking, trail running and mountain biking. A lot of animal droppings, maybe just bad luck of owners that don’t pickup after their pets. Waterfall was crowded and noisy despite COVID recommendations of distancing. We had to watch from farther up top. Trail is definitely easy, but long and with not much shade so I agree you need to bring water and sun block. Enjoy the outdoors.

Great hike! Super sunny on the north side with the south having some shade, so bring a good amount of water, hat, sunscreen and should be good to go! Expect a good amount of traffic in both directions (about 50:50 split with masks)

Waterfall area is fun. The rest of it is a bit boring and no real scenery to enjoy.

Very easy trail. There are hardly any elevation changes, so this trail is suitable for people who are just getting into exploring trails. There's a lot of nice scenery near the creek. Watch out for the mountain bikers when you're walking on the main trail. The side trails are a little more secluded for hikers/runners. Lots of traffic.

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rocky
9 days ago

This is such a beautiful trail. Recommend starting early because much is without shade. However the waterfall bottlenecks large groups and many are not respecting social distancing / PPE guidelines and are lingering in a very small gorge. Unfortunately saw fair amount of litter and trash about, including PPE.

Great hike but they put down a bunch of granite rocks on much of the trail so it's difficult walking. There were basically lose, wobbly rocks underfoot for a long while but only on the south loop side so maybe stick to the north trails if you wanna avoid that.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
11 days ago

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rocky
13 days ago

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fee
over grown
rocky
14 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails in san diego. It’s a 3.8 mile hike to the waterfall and then 3.8 miles back. It’s mostly flat if you’re walking from the parking lot, which there is a $3 (CASH ONLY) fee. A little rocky towards the middle of the hike but nothing to bad. I have 2 small dogs and they did very well on the hike. Be aware of rattle snakes we did see some in the brush and you can hear them as you walk by. Over all a great place to hike !

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