Peñasquitos Falls loop via Carmel Valley

MODERATE 31 reviews

Peñasquitos Falls loop via Carmel Valley is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
475 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

hiking
11 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised with this hike today. There were some pretty level trails but a few steep inclines (based in my standards) The waterfall was a nice little treat. next time I'll pack a light lunch and enjoy it there. I really liked how this was a loop so you didnt see the same place twice.

hiking
13 days ago

Loved this hike. Started off a little slow, but the climb through the creek and hike up sycamore trail was so much fun!

What a fun hike with some challenging uphill climbs. The view from the top is beautiful and from in the valley even better. The waterfall was quite peaceful. Quite a few snails on some trails. The trailhead is tucked in a neighborhood side street

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Definitely recommend this trail. The scenary is worth it!! Would recommend boots and long pants. Boots because some parts get very rocky. And pants because there is a lot of high grass. There’s a nice waterfall and pond area in the middle! Enjoy!!

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

1 month ago

Took my 9 year old boy here yesterday. He loved it. The drop into the mountain was very technical so I had to be next to him and the climb out was equally as tough, however, the reward of seeing the waterfall was well worth it. If you have trouble with steep descents I would avoid this loop. We both enjoyed our time here more than expected.

hiking
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
20 days ago

mountain biking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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