Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

trail running
15 days ago

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

Definitely bring some sandals, or a towel. The waterfall and creek is very inviting after hiking an hour or two. Flat and lots of nature.

So this hike is beautiful but... the tick infestation sign at the trail head is no joke! My dog brought home 9 ticks. If you hike this trail I highly recommend staying directly on the trail and don’t let your furry friend run around in the brush at all! I love the hike but I won’t be back to this one because the ticks are terrible to deal with.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great ride for beginners... was my first mountain biking trail and I loved it.. gonna do this a few more times to build more confidence... went on a weekday, very few people on the trail.

Good hike that leads to a small waterfall, but a little crowded. Still worth the experience.

Lovely trail, well maintained. We did the loop today in 2hrs 22min.

- 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.

Not a very interesting trail and crowded. Very hot. The creek was cool.

Went with my 4 yr old and 8 month old and they did fine. Saw a large coyote after a family of deer which was neat. Waterfall was ok nothing spectacular but nice to look at. We came in on the West side of the trail so no parking fee.

If you drive in to the actual preserve it costs $3 to park. There was still quite a bit of water at the falls, it was a pretty hike!

A nice long trail so if you like long walks & nature go check it out. Bring plenty of water food/snacks. At the end of trail is a water fall nice site to see.

2 months ago

Nice but very busy as you would expect being so close by.

It's been several years since I visited this trail and now I remember why. The trail was full of runners and packs of cyclists so most of our morning was spent trying to get out of their way as they came passed. We started before 8:00am and there were already a lot of people on the trail. If you are looking for peace and quiet, I do not recommend this hike.

It was a long walk with an 11 and 5 y/o but they did It!
We went on a Sunday and it was busy.
The falls were pretty and we enjoyed some of the small off trails by the creek.

A nice trek indeed. You are surrounded by nature's beauty throughout the different stages of the trail. The only thing to watch out for are the horse/dog droppings. Will definitely be back to this trail again.

We went with two 7yrs old kids on a breezy bright San Diego morning. I was skeptical at first. Thinking the kids was going to whine and not make it to the goal.

We all had fun. Really enjoyed the scenery and the walk was easy for everyone.

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

Mostly flat or you can choose hills that loop back to main trail.

A good more like a walk in the park hike. Some bike traffic but overall very quiet send peaceful. A few folks at the water fall.

An easy hike; if you can call it one. It’s flat for the most part, and paved. Plus, it’s nice and quiet. Perfect way to wake up on a slow weekend morning or something.

Beautiful. Peaceful. Easy as you make it.
Afternoons and weekends tend to be busy.

Take the hidden trails if you’re hiking.

Nice LONG walk! Not crowded.

This is my new favorite hike to take my dogs on! We got there at 630am and had the trails mostly to ourselves! We did come across a coyote on one of the side trails but it continued on its way after checking us out. It’s pretty flat with great scenery! Once we got to the end of the loop we started seeing a lot more people so I suggest getting there early. The park was closed when we got there so I went over to the community park and parked in the back.

Easy hike, wide trails without much elevation gain. Great for beginners, family outings, or getting back into it. A fair amount of other hikers, including horses. Not enough to be crowded, but enough to know you're not going to be forgotten and eaten by mountain lions.

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

Flat trail but next to a creek and a wooded area with shade and sometimes the trail is single track

Very scenic trail,mostly flat until you reach the waterfall. Great place to go on a nice easy walk. Plenty of bikers and moms with strollers and kids. Easy going trail.

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

Super easy and mostly flat until you hit the waterfall. It is very family friendly, but not too busy!

It was a nice trail to walk with additional trails to take and some historic information. The waterfall feature didn’t seem so prominent but that could be because there hasn’t been any rain. Overall it is a great hike and do recommend it.

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