Los Penasquitos Canyon (from Lopez Canyon)

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Los Penasquitos Canyon (from Lopez Canyon) is a 11.4 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
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
472 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

muddy

3 days ago

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

4 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Beautiful trail .. the end is worth it

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty boring hike.

hiking
1 month ago

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

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Easy long walk/hike

hiking
2 months ago

the waterfall is what makes this trail so great!

3 months ago

Amazing waterfall in SD city limits

trail running
6 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed trail running Lopez Canyon.

6 months ago

polol

hiking
8 months ago

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!

8 months ago

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
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Best when the water is flowing good.

mountain biking
9 months ago

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

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