Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail

EASY 486 reviews

Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail is a 7 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
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

This is a generally flat hike that you can make as long or as short as you like. There are runners, walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and people of all sorts on this shady and sunny walk. The trails are well maintained and marked. You can stay on the main drag or jog off on the single lane trails that always eventually meet up with the two main trails.

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2 days ago

Long, tedious, and boring walk through the woods and grassy meadows to a most epic waterfall. Totally worth it, though next time I'd definitely pick a trailhead closer to the falls themselves. It rivals 3 Sisters in awesomeness, without the white knuckle drive and precarious descent/ascent. If you want to take someone to a waterfall that doesn't have the agility to do the ones out east, this is the spot. If you're with someone who's coordinated, go for a little bouldering jaunt from the top of the falls down to the bottom. Loads of fun. On the weekends I'm sure there's tons of dudes flying past on mountain bikes at mach 10, so I'd pick an off peak time to go, if you march the whole thing out and back from Black Mountain Road. Enjoy!

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mountain biking
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Beautiful

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15 days ago

Somehow Los Penasquitos turned out to be my most difficult hike to date even though I didn't have to traverse up and down any hills or mountains. Something about the terrain was burdensome on my feet. With that being said, I got some great shots. I happened to check it out during the super bloom on a beautiful day and some of my photos are priceless!

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16 days ago

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