I have lived at the end of Park Village Ave for over 25 years and have hiked every inch of this beautiful area. This is a truly special wilderness preserve in an urban area. It has been overseen and protected by The Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, a non-profit dedicated to keeping this jewel intact, supported, and viable for the future. We welcome visitors and encourage them to use these limited and dwindling resources. Unfortunately I have to agree with others with recent reports that this valuable recreational area is being used, exploited, for purposes it wasn't originally intended for, and by people who are not respecting both the rights and safety of others as well as the canyon and preserve itself. I hike nearly every day and am sad to report that in over 90% of the encounters I have with other people, or groups, nobody is respecting social distancing (every time it is me who has to stop and step off the trail to let others pass) and only a handful are wearing face coverings (I always have a mask I pull up during every encounter, except for bikers who come up behind me often without warning). The Park Rangers and support staff are stressed and overwhelmed with the influx of people who might find a more enjoyable experience if they were to go to a beach or a boardwalk, instead of what used to be a quiet, serene, immaculate, wilderness experience. PLEASE come and enjoy the canyon, but also PLEASE look up the 7 principals behind Leave No Trace, a framework of minimum impact practices that outdoor enthusiasts have followed for decades if not centuries.

This is a beautiful walk, but ever since it’s been reopened it’s packed with people blasting music and not social distancing. It’s sad how common this has become since trails have reopened. I used to come here during the week for peaceful walks, and now it’s packed even on a Monday.

I used to love this trail before quarantine. I would go on weekdays and see less than a dozen other people. Since it’s been reopened there are more people here than ever before, and barely any of them wear face masks. Groups of people, blasting music, taking up the entire trail and not staying 6 feet away. Litter everywhere. It’s obnoxious and nothing is being done about it. I won’t be returning until quarantine is over and the obnoxious amateurs go back to whatever they were doing before.

it's beautiful. Seems short because of the beauty around it. This is my second time going to it, and noticed work is being done to it. Still nice. You could see areas of Tijuana now.

Super nice little easy walk. Mission trails all around is awesome!

We picked this trail because we could take our dog. We had no idea that half of the trail would be loose gravel. Do not take your dog unless you put booties on your dog to protect their feet. The waterfall at the end was packed with people and social distancing as well as wearing a face mask were non existent. Trash was along the trail. I would not recommend it. Lots of people carrying their loud music. If you are looking for an escape, this is not it.

very nice hike, loved the view, but very crowded and hard to social distance

Easy trail, lots of people.

Great trail, good for hiking, trail running and mountain biking. A lot of animal droppings, maybe just bad luck of owners that don’t pickup after their pets. Waterfall was crowded and noisy despite COVID recommendations of distancing. We had to watch from farther up top. Trail is definitely easy, but long and with not much shade so I agree you need to bring water and sun block. Enjoy the outdoors.

Great hike! Super sunny on the north side with the south having some shade, so bring a good amount of water, hat, sunscreen and should be good to go! Expect a good amount of traffic in both directions (about 50:50 split with masks)

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rocky
2 days ago

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rocky
2 days ago

Waterfall area is fun. The rest of it is a bit boring and no real scenery to enjoy.

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2 days ago

Awesome hike! Saw a rattler, watch out!

Love Mission Trails. You can do 3-12+ miles by looping and connecting all the different ones out there. I like hitting South Fortuna for the stairs and then heading up to North Fortuna. Then I drop down by the dam so my dog can jump in the water. That way we hit the big hill back up to the peaks once as well. I get a good little work out here once a week.

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rocky
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3 days ago

Completed the trail in clockwise direction with North Fortuna summit followed by South Fortuna summit. Going in the other direction requires ascending plenty of steep steps to reach South Fortuna summit. Even then, some sections of the hike were very challenging. Views from both summits were rewarding.

Very easy trail. There are hardly any elevation changes, so this trail is suitable for people who are just getting into exploring trails. There's a lot of nice scenery near the creek. Watch out for the mountain bikers when you're walking on the main trail. The side trails are a little more secluded for hikers/runners. Lots of traffic.

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rocky
3 days ago

Only went half way due to it ending up being 85 and this is an 8 mi total hike. Medium traffic on trail, some of it is over grown a bit once you hit Fortuna trail to the summit. Overall good hike can’t wait to come back when it’s cooler and complete it

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rocky
3 days ago

This is such a beautiful trail. Recommend starting early because much is without shade. However the waterfall bottlenecks large groups and many are not respecting social distancing / PPE guidelines and are lingering in a very small gorge. Unfortunately saw fair amount of litter and trash about, including PPE.

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4 days ago

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muddy
4 days ago

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