Explore the most popular hiking trails in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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

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.

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.

on Lopez Canyon Trail

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 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.

Great day! Great trail! Great company! Lovely falls still following. Outstanding

great Trail for running. don't play your music too loud with ear buds you'll get run over by bikers!

- I was grateful we chose to go UP the grade, to your right from the parking lot, which meant we went DOWN the goat hill section.
- partial shade when you are down in the canyon
- lots of lizards, some wildflowers, some birds, thankfully no snakes!
- very few other folks out
- flat canyon-top 1.5-ish mile segment of the trail that backs up to the parking lots of tech offices
- although dogs are allowed, this trail is very narrow in parts, and the volume of plants with burrs and “stickers” would have me leave mine at home for this one.
- view includes houses and businesses- about 1/6 of it you feel totally “in nature”
- I echo what others have written- most photos shown (another user’s) are NOT from this trail- they are from Los Penasquitos Canyon trail.

I really enjoyed the trail with my husband & 3 yr daughter. Very easy and scenic but was disappointed when I only saw a running stream of water instead of an actual waterfall as signs say. It had just rained a couple of days before so I thought for sure the “waterfall” would be flowing beautifully!

The place of after-lunch-walk for QComm employees.

decent trail, easy walk to stream. this hike tends to be crowded around the stream with multiple routes to get there.

Desent flat hike, waterfall was more of a stream but good hike

Not great views. Didn’t make it to the waterfall but will go back to fo to the Canyon side! Watch out for bikers! They go by really fast

It’s a beautiful trail next time I’ll go when it’s not so over cast

Beautiful trail .. the end is worth it

Pretty boring hike.

Warning. This trail has a tick infestation. Had to take many of them off my dog.

Not kept well. A No hiking warning sign where trail begins

Easy trail, with beautiful scenery! Takes you from near the 805 to almost the 15!

Very nice cenare I do not recommend biking this trail unless you a pro biker.

Good easy hike / walk. Nice water feature. Wouldn’t exactly call it a waterfall but still good. Trail had some good coverage and shading so we weren’t burning in the sun the entire time. Need to pay for parking ($3) if you park at the parking lot along Black Mountain Road.

Easy long walk/hike

the waterfall is what makes this trail so great!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice meandering trail with a very moving memorial park nearby.

Amazing waterfall in SD city limits

walking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Parking is $3 and you need to have exact change

trail running
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed trail running Lopez Canyon.

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