Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail

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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.

13 minutes ago

Go early before the sun shines and it gets hot!

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11 days ago

We entered at Black Mtn Road and parked in the attended lot. We only covered about a third of trail. Trail was great, many birds (especially Acorn Woodpeckers lots of these guys). Spotted a few small mammals, crayfish in the creek, and 2 beautiful red tailed hawks.

The trail was moderately travelled, walkers, dogs on leashes and a few folks on horseback.

My only complaint was the folks on horseback were quite loud in their conversation.

We'll be coming back later in the year.

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11 days ago

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15 days ago

Labor Day Hike - Hiked a bit of the southern portion of the trail with my two boys (3&6) and parked in the parking lot near the ball fields on the north side of Penasquitos Creek. I will say that if you plan to bring a stroller and hike the southern route that you will need to carry or have your kid walk across the rocky area while you carry the stroller (too rocky to wheel it across the larger rocks). Once you're over the wooden bridge, you can safely put your kid back in the stroller. I'm not sure how far west until you cannot take the stroller, but for at least 2 miles. There is a 10' wide path with single track trails you can take for more adventure (no mountain biking on these single track trails, but may see horses). In the creek you may find crawfish.

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23 days ago

Good, easy, mostly flat trail for young and old alike.

24 days ago

I actually love this trail but can't give it 5 stars because if views/lack of elevation. HOWEVER, from the parking lot there's a much shorter, second trail that gives a good bit of elevation that I do before I go into the actual trail. I also think the trail is longer than 7 miles given all of the different routes you can take. Scenery changes throughout which I enjoy and there's an opportunity for some climbing which is fun! Love the diversity of this hike!

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