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

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

waterfall

muddy

1 month ago

Amazing waterfall in SD city limits

trail running
4 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed trail running Lopez Canyon.

4 months ago

polol

hiking
6 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!

6 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
6 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.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Best when the water is flowing good.

mountain biking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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
8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful Place :) we ignored the closed trail signs ;) I wouldn't unless you like mud! Lol GREAT HIKE Rad Waterfall!

8 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of variety.

8 months ago

Great trail and easy to hike.

9 months ago

Love this trail. Not great exercise because it's fairly easy but the waterfalls are cool and the scenery is lovely! Great for trail running! (And to the person complaining about a pit bull bite to their puppy, that's not the trails fault and this is supposed to be a review of the trail... Hazards of being outside!)

hiking
9 months ago

Closed from rains

9 months ago

It is closed because of flooding!

hiking
10 months ago

My 12 week old puppy was bit by a pit bull in the face. Will never go here again. If I could give it negative stars I would.

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