Los Penasquitos Canyon

San Diego, California

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Crickets sing, cicadas buzz, and bullfrogs groan. A sparrow hawk alights upon a sycamore limb, then launches with outstretched wings to catch a puff of sea breeze moving up the canyon. A cottontail rabbit bounds across the trail, and stops to take your measure with a sidelong stare. Los Penasquitos Creek slips silently through placid pools and darts noisily down multiple paths in the constriction known as the falls.
101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert

by Jerry Schad and David Money Harris (Wilderness Press)

Crickets sing, cicadas buzz, and bullfrogs groan. A sparrow hawk alights upon a sycamore limb, then launches with outstretched wings to catch a puff of sea breeze moving up the canyon. A cottontail rabbit bounds across the trail, and stops to take your measure with a sidelong stare. Los Penasquitos Creek slips silently through placid pools and darts noisily down multiple paths in the constriction known as the falls.

© 2013 Jerry Schad and David Money Harris/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: San Diego
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: All year
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Northern San Diego
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Del Mar
Driving Directions: Directions to Los Penasquitos Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

4/21/2018
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8/28/2010
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Really enjoyed this trail, there were many beautiful and vistas of different types. 1st part of the trail is in/near a creek bed where you will probably see hawks, the 2nd part is on a hill trail surrounded by different desert shrubs and trees of various colors (most all gorgeous) and while on the hill trail the far reaching views are wonderful. The third part of the trail goes back down into the creek bed but the environment is quite different you start to see more pines here and get more a feel of a wilderness woodland. As for the complaints about staying on the trail, yes starting the trail and getting to the hill trail could be difficult, but just take a look at my GPS data I uploaded, once on the hill trail the trail is quite easy to stay on until you get back down into the creek bed, but if you take a few moments to look around you will see it the trail.


8/30/2008
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The trailhead is not marked but read the 'trail guide' and you can find it with ease. The trail itself is very very lightly used and for the most part you are going to have a map and good navigating skills to find your way as much of the trail past the initial 2 miles is gone...we could not find our way after the first two miles, as there was no worn trail. In general the trail was never worn any wider than 18"-24", and it many areas was more like 12" or non-existent. On the up side it was not crowded. In the 2.5 hours we were out we never saw another person, and this was on a labor day weekend. Would not recommend :( Many better hiking options in the area.


10/15/2006
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Hiked this trail with a group of Boy Scouts and it was beautiful. Lush riparian area around the creek and wonderful desert around the canyon. A great trail for the fall and still plenty of water in the creek. Many animal signs and evidence of previous dwellers, ie Native Americans.


6/10/2006
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I don't know if I was on the right path, but following the directions to this trail I was unable to go very far. About .1m into the hike the trail was completely covered up by the overflow of the creek. the real problem being, the creek was a nasty sludge by this time of year. greenish-yellow ick composed most of the creek.



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May 2018