Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail

EASY 774 reviews

Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail is a 6.8 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
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

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.

walking
1 day ago

Lovely trail, well maintained. We did the loop today in 2hrs 22min.

Not a very interesting trail and crowded. Very hot. The creek was cool.

21 days ago

Went with my 4 yr old and 8 month old and they did fine. Saw a large coyote after a family of deer which was neat. Waterfall was ok nothing spectacular but nice to look at. We came in on the West side of the trail so no parking fee.

22 days ago

If you drive in to the actual preserve it costs $3 to park. There was still quite a bit of water at the falls, it was a pretty hike!

29 days ago

A nice long trail so if you like long walks & nature go check it out. Bring plenty of water food/snacks. At the end of trail is a water fall nice site to see.

29 days ago

Nice but very busy as you would expect being so close by.

hiking
1 month ago

It's been several years since I visited this trail and now I remember why. The trail was full of runners and packs of cyclists so most of our morning was spent trying to get out of their way as they came passed. We started before 8:00am and there were already a lot of people on the trail. If you are looking for peace and quiet, I do not recommend this hike.

walking
1 month ago

It was a long walk with an 11 and 5 y/o but they did It!
We went on a Sunday and it was busy.
The falls were pretty and we enjoyed some of the small off trails by the creek.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice trek indeed. You are surrounded by nature's beauty throughout the different stages of the trail. The only thing to watch out for are the horse/dog droppings. Will definitely be back to this trail again.

walking
1 month ago

We went with two 7yrs old kids on a breezy bright San Diego morning. I was skeptical at first. Thinking the kids was going to whine and not make it to the goal.

We all had fun. Really enjoyed the scenery and the walk was easy for everyone.

2 months ago

Mostly flat or you can choose hills that loop back to main trail.

2 months ago

A good more like a walk in the park hike. Some bike traffic but overall very quiet send peaceful. A few folks at the water fall.

hiking
2 months ago

An easy hike; if you can call it one. It’s flat for the most part, and paved. Plus, it’s nice and quiet. Perfect way to wake up on a slow weekend morning or something.

2 months ago

Beautiful. Peaceful. Easy as you make it.
Afternoons and weekends tend to be busy.

Take the hidden trails if you’re hiking.

3 months ago

Nice LONG walk! Not crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

This is my new favorite hike to take my dogs on! We got there at 630am and had the trails mostly to ourselves! We did come across a coyote on one of the side trails but it continued on its way after checking us out. It’s pretty flat with great scenery! Once we got to the end of the loop we started seeing a lot more people so I suggest getting there early. The park was closed when we got there so I went over to the community park and parked in the back.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike, wide trails without much elevation gain. Great for beginners, family outings, or getting back into it. A fair amount of other hikers, including horses. Not enough to be crowded, but enough to know you're not going to be forgotten and eaten by mountain lions.

3 months ago

Flat trail but next to a creek and a wooded area with shade and sometimes the trail is single track

walking
3 months ago

Very scenic trail,mostly flat until you reach the waterfall. Great place to go on a nice easy walk. Plenty of bikers and moms with strollers and kids. Easy going trail.

walking
3 months ago

Super easy and mostly flat until you hit the waterfall. It is very family friendly, but not too busy!

3 months ago

It was a nice trail to walk with additional trails to take and some historic information. The waterfall feature didn’t seem so prominent but that could be because there hasn’t been any rain. Overall it is a great hike and do recommend it.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike, with beautiful scenery through the canyon!

walking
3 months ago

it's an ok trail. It's flat, and there isn't much to see. The "waterfall" isn't much, but it's a nice area to do almost any activity and the 7 mile length is nice.

hiking
3 months ago

Was looking for something easy today and it worked.

mountain biking
3 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Very well managed trail, moderate traffic with a good mix of cyclists, runners, and walkers. Loved seeing the number of dog enjoying nature as well.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice area for day hikes. The waterfall is interesting. I used the access on the south rim about half way through the park at the Camino Ruiz park.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of different terrain, very pretty. Easy river crossing, but a little tricky with our dog. Not well marked, but alltrails map will keep you on course.

hiking
4 months ago

Never did in one hike. But have hiked all of it over three separate hikes. Beautiful location and lots of things to see

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