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Great hike!!

The lush was absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn't do this hike however if it's your first time in San Diego. The waterfall is not really a waterfall, and the canyon is not what you would expect listed as a canyon. NO CANYON features. The walk is rather long on completely flat slope. If you want to RUN this is a good flat trail for a nice jog.

If you are looking for the bridge shown in one of the pictures someone posted, you will not find it at Los Penasquitos on the Lopez trail. I recommend following the trail on left under the road to the waterfall rather than follow the Lopez trail. The Lopez trail is narrow, overgrown, and leads to a Rocky River bed and no trail. You could charge on over the rocks to somewhere? IDK?? I stopped at the street overpass bridge about 2.3 miles in and turned around and went to the waterfall. Bring lots of water. I saw someone get life flighted for dehydration near the falls.

This was my first time on a hike since I moved here to San Diego from Michigan very beautiful scenery moderate hike. First of many more to come.

Nice and easy short hike with plenty areas of shade.