Los Penasquitos Canyon (from Lopez Canyon)

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Los Penasquitos Canyon (from Lopez Canyon) is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

muddy

hiking
13 days ago

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

hiking
21 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Fun and easy hike

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

7 months ago

Beautiful trail .. the end is worth it

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty boring hike.

hiking
7 months ago

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

mountain biking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

Easy long walk/hike

hiking
7 months ago

the waterfall is what makes this trail so great!

9 months ago

Amazing waterfall in SD city limits

trail running
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed trail running Lopez Canyon.

Monday, July 31, 2017

polol

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Had some trouble finding parking with Yelp app. The address on AllTrails is accurate. The tree on GPS map is where the waterfall is at.

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Went hiking here last weekend, lots of people on the trail mostly bikers make sure to be here early. Most of the trail is loose dirt and pebbles/rocks which makes it harder to get through. There is a few nice nature views although the "waterfall" half way through is just a creek. Its an okay hike easy/moderate because of the length... bring plenty of water!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Easy trail, but lots of direct sun on main trail. I wouldn't say it had a waterfall though, more like water tumbling over rocks. The side trails were gorgeous, with lots of shade, especially near the stream. You can park on the side of the road or pay the parking fee in the main lot.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

The sign at the beginning of the trail say that the waterfall is 2.7 miles in, but our GPS clocked it at 3.27. Not a lot of distance, but on a hot day like today it mattered. Nice easy trail, with nice views and water in several spots.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great hike- worth the view at the end. The waterfall was great.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Best when the water is flowing good.

mountain biking
Friday, May 12, 2017

Nice area to explore, especially the waterfall after a rain.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

went to the South Side it was more difficult than I thought make sure you take the trail and not the one towards the canyon because you have a choice to go left or right and we went the wrong way first (Right) and probably 2 miles out of our way it was pretty hot and the hike was pretty far three miles up and down Rocky trails we forgot to bring water which was a bad idea the waterfall was cooler than I thought it was going to be! busy with kids thro

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Well maintained and interesting trail close to home. It can get busy on the weekend but the crowds can be avoided on the Northern end.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Went the wrong way didn't find the water fall but very pretty will differently will go back to find the water fall

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Easy trail to walk but it is long. would not try without sufficient amount of water to drink. Beautiful fling hills and valleys.

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