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Peñasquitos Falls Loop via Carmel Valley

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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

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

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 436 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

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Reviews (391)
Photos (788)
Recordings (338)
Completed (483)
Ryan Johnson
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The first part of the hike wasn't too exciting but once we got to the waterfall my son had a blast. We stayed over an hour and played in the water.

Hua L.
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Hiking

Great !

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Ann MacQuarrie
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HikingNo shadeRockyWashed out
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Mariah Nieto
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HikingNo shade
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Natalie Luu
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HikingOver grownScramble

Wonderful trail with a nice waterfall / pond area in the middle. It was a steep drop in the beginning and steep climb at the end, so be careful. The steep parts were full of rocks which made it more likely to slip and fall.

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Victor Borrayo
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This was such a fun trail to do. It had some difficult parts but they were spread out so if was definenetly doable. Really hot but we went at noon so that was expected. The waterfall was awesome but my favorite was the pond with fishes.

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Stephanie Hartmann
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Hiking

steep going coming down and verysteep coming back up going in the direction i went. Great cardio! Waterfall very cooling but crowded. Will try another route to get to waterfall on another day :)

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Liliana Rodriguez
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Very rocky, and steep climb and steep downhill but very quick way to get to the waterfall. Good moderate to intense hike.

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April Oliver
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Katie Boggs
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HikingRockyScramble
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Austin Brinegar
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The start and end of this trail are very steep and covered in loose river rocks. once you reach the bottom of the valley the trail is beautiful and the waterfall is very refreshing.

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Juliette Morphew
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The trail starts out awkward because you see the streets and houses. As if your walking on a wash shed. But then you hit the waterfall and it’s really fun and cool. The sycamore crossing is amazing. We saw crawfish and fish in the water. Then killer hill back up. My six year old and nine year old are amazing girls and loved it. A great afternoon.

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Kelly Oliveira
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Hiking
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Reid Holland
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HikingRocky
Megan David
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Hiking

Great trail! The waterfall is really beautiful and it’s nice that you can swim and cool off. There are a lot of criss-crossing trails though, which is a little confusing if you’ve never been before.

Andrea Rodriquez
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HikingNo shade
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Alexandra Villanueva
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Ksenia Zak
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great hike!

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Arianne Foster
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Beautiful Waterfall area, with beautiful rocks & paths, just no shade until you get to the waterfall area. Will do again!

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