Steep descent with lots of loose rocks. Mellow on bottom of canyon. There is a creek crossing that is very slippery (I was told). Walked an extra 0.8 mi (each way) to get to bridge. Ascent was also steep and rocky. It’s very easy to go the wrong way so I was happy to have the google map. Barrier across trail suggests that it’s closed but I just followed the google trail map and went anyway.

Great place to take a stroll along the shoreline. This park is dog friendly and provides bags for poops incase you forget to bring them. I have been to the South end of the loop for brunch at Bali Hai which is great! Excellent place to distress. Beautiful view of Downtown- especially nice at night (romantic )

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off trail
rocky
2 days ago

I really enjoyed it. I stayed close to the lake due to loving the scenery. I enjoy being in family oriented places so this was enjoyable seeing families together. Nice for a beginner getting into fitness. Not that rocky. I still busted a little sweat.

It was a great trail but the last part of it was closed due to construction

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closed
2 days ago

The parking lot and trails were closed as of the morning of 5/29. Probably a great trail but I’ll have to find out later.

hiking
2 days ago

Easy.

Took a lot of detours

Very kid friendly, kids were 8,4&2.

Super easy for kids. Paved most of the way.

my favorite route up Black mountain :) walked it w Indy, almost got a 1000 dollar fine bc apparently it was closed for covid (oops) in March.

this is probably the easiest path up Black mountain. it was super foggy when I hiked it but just as I came up to the summit I realized Id come above the cloudline which was probably the coolest view I have had on this hike which I've done more times than I can count. this isn't my favorite black mountain trail just because it is a little too easy, but this is my favorite area in our neighborhood. PICK UP YOUR TRASH and STICK TO THE TRAILS. LNT people, PLEASE!!

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 :(

I just wanted say thanks what a wonderful

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no shade
3 days ago

Crowded but a nice hike if you want to get out of San Diego for the day!

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

This trail is not accurate at all.

Great!!! Little shade. PERFECT for biking.

I really enjoy this trail as it is walking distance from my home. Although, I saw two rattlesnakes the last time I headed up. (About three weeks ago.) Steep at times and no shade. The kiddos named it “Mt. Bobby”.

A lot of the trails in the area are doing construction. So a lot of detour area

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.

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