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Super easy nice hike. Not sure what is up with the comments about it not being a loop. Crossover at the waterfall, then back at the sign that says park crossing... easy day.

Solid easy peaceful walk. Lots of lovely oaks, plethora of picnic spots. Great for families. Tons of water after the recent rains. Not particularly my cup of tea but great for what it is!

hiking
19 days ago

Great San Diego winter hike. Hiked with my daughters and it was a beautiful day 45 degrees at out 9 am start and 63 when we got back to car at 12:45. Lots of bikers and pretty crowded on the way back. It was beautiful by the water and the girls and I got to do a Little Rock scrambling to get down by the water were it wasn’t crowded.

Absolutely beautiful hidden gem with multiple stream crossings! Shady, riparian environment.

Absolutely love this trail. I live nearby and go any chance I get. Great for running, biking, walking, and dogs!

Went by today and parking lot was closed with sign that all trails closed. Hasn’t rained in a week so not sure why closed.

The waterfall is worth it. Pack for a picnic!

I lost myself in the water at the end and loved every moment of it. The route we took was the 6 mile route: we parked, walked straight ahead, continued for just over 3 miles, walked down to the water, hung out, chilled and walked back the same way we came. This was a nice "recovery" hike after doing a more challenging one a few days prior. This was long but definitely worth it. Give yourself a few hours though because walking 6 miles takes some time! Lots of shade but there are a few points where there isn't any.

I loveeee this hike!!!! I’m confused on why people are saying it’s not a loop cuz it is but it’s a 11 mile loop. Not 6 miles. That information is incorrect. There’s so many trails the variety is amazing it feels like all different hikes. There’s 2 trails one for hikers and trail runnings and one for bikes and cars possibly. You don’t have to really ever worry about bikes. It’s beautiful and I highly recommend it! Some parts of shaded and a lot parts aren’t. Bring a ton of water and sunscreen. Lots of fun areas! Enjoy :)

Easy practically flat trail. Beware lots of bike riders, some are nice enough to let you know they are coming close. Busy on the weekends. Nice waterfall at the end of the trail to refresh yourself in.

Fun hike for any ages.

Excellent

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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

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