I love this trail but PLEASE STOP LEAVING TRASH. I packed out a whole backpack full of litter this morning and it makes me very sad. this place is beautiful and right in our backyard, we should keep it safe and pristine for the animals living in the canyons and future hikers!!! people suck so hard :(

Trail head and first part of trail now a construction site and impassible. We were unable to do the hike.

Great!!! Little shade. PERFECT for biking.

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.

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.

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.

Easy trail, lots of people.

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bugs
no shade
5 days ago

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rocky
5 days ago

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rocky
5 days ago

This was a good trail. Rocky yes, but my 3 year managed most of it. She smashed the beginning uphill but needed to be carried down. We started around 9:30 in overcast weather but once sun came out so did the massive amount of gnats and flies!!

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

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
6 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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7 days ago

This trail is relatively easy with a few uneven spots. I am re-habbing a grade 3 ankle sprain so I am sticking to short, easy local hikes for now. Since it's so close to I-15 & Poway Rd, you hear plenty of vehicle noise and see the roadways and surrounding structures. It's also a bit smelly; I believe the nearby pump station is a sewer pump station. I recommend NOT parking by this pump station on Cara Way because I returned from a one hour hike at 1 PM today to find one of my car windows shattered and a cheap backpack stolen.

LIMITED PARKING- Please be aware this trail head is located at the end of a neighborhood. There is limited parking between the houses.

Great hike but they put down a bunch of granite rocks on much of the trail so it's difficult walking. There were basically lose, wobbly rocks underfoot for a long while but only on the south loop side so maybe stick to the north trails if you wanna avoid that.

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bugs
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rocky
8 days ago

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scramble
8 days ago

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