Los Penasquitos Canyon—West Approach Trail

Del Mar, California 92014

Los Penasquitos Canyon—West Approach Trail

Los Penasquitos Canyon—West Approach Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The destination of this hike is the waterfall at the midpoint of Los Penasquitos Canyon. You’ll enjoy the characteristic openness of this end of the canyon best if you come here on a cool day; the wide main trail stays well away from the stream most of the time, and it is fully exposed to the sun. Try this hike sometime on a summer evening: Plan to reach the falls by sunset, and return by the light of the moon."

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50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"Crickets sing and bullfrogs groan. A hawk alights upon a sycamore limb and then launches with outstretched wings to catch a puff of sea breeze moving up the canyon. Perhaps a white-tailed kite hovers facing into the wind, then drops quickly to the ground to snatch an unseen mouse or vole. A cottontail rabbit bounds across the trail and stops to take your measure with a sidelong stare. Los Peñasquitos Creek, rejuvenated by winter rains, slips silently through a sparkling pool and darts noisily down multiple paths in the constriction known as the falls."
"The creek provides a relaxing riparian backdrop in this popular preserve. The 3,720-acre oasis of nature amid the traffic and city excitement offers a home to wildlife such as coyotes, birds, and rabbits."

Los Penasquitos Canyon—West Approach Trail Trip Reports

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This trail is great for walking and trail running--it is an easy, mostly flat path, very moderate inclines. There are pretty trees and a small waterfall along the way. Beware of hot days, though, because the canyon is protected from wind and it can be sweltering.
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Trail Information

Del Mar
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.5
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
All year
Season
Views, Waterfalls
Features
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS Del Mar
Local Maps