Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Del Mar, California 92014

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"Peñasquitos translates from the Spanish as “little cliffs.” The name references the steep hills that border this delightful canyon. This area includes land first granted to San Diego by Mexico in 1820. This course has several short, steep hills offering great workouts in a quiet canyon with abundant sycamore, eucalyptus, and oak trees. Midway up the canyon, a rock-filled gorge with a waterfall provides a great spot to rest. There are mile markers along the trails, which are shared by cyclists, hikers, and equestrians. Several historical structures in the canyon provide interesting background material about the area."

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Reviews

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10/17/2005
good beginner level trail. the trail follows the canyon from east to west and back so there isn't a huge amount of climbing but there are some small rolling hills. a mixture of dirt roads and not too technical single track make it a good place for the less advanced rider or makes it an idea place for cyclocross training.
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5/19/2004
Awesome getaway from local traffic/hustle-bustle. Best time to go is in the morning when it's less crowded...then you'll see tons of rabbits, coyotes, a few deer. More crowded in the summer...practically empty all winter. Watch out for the occasional rattlesnake!
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Trail Information

Del Mar
Nearby City
12.5
Distance
450 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.75 - 2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round, weather dependent
Season
65 feet
Trailhead Elevation
300 feet
Top Elevation
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS Del Mar
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018