Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: 12020 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129, United States
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8585388066
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Trail, Park, Waterfall, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Canyon, Bird Watching

This massive urban park encompasses Penasquitos and Lopez canyons, a territory of about 4,000 acres. Home to a huge diversity of plants, animals, especially birds, the park is the beloved of nature lovers & also hikers. The Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail is one of the most popular hikes in the city. The trailhead is close to the intersection of Black Mountain Road and Mercy Road, and stretches away to the south-west from there. In the park you'll also find waterfalls, giant California live oaks, huge sycamore trees and a a freshwater marsh. You can find maps of the trails on the Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve website.

The Historic Adobe Ranch Tour takes place on the weekends. Docents from the San Diego County Park take you to Ranch Santa Maria de Los Penasquitos, which is the second oldest standing residence.

  • The trails are usually closed on rainy days and for a couple of days afterwards.
  • Dog must be kept on leash.
  • No firewords, glass containers, weapons, camping & loud noises.
  • Parking lots are closed from sunset to 8:00am.
  • No vehicle access or restroom available on December 25th.

  • Entry is free.

  • The preserve is open from 8:00am to sunset.
  • Pedestrian access is available from sunrise to sunset.

Historic Adobe Ranch Tour:

  • 11:00am on Saturdays.
  • 1:00pm on Sundays.
  • Tours last 45 minutes.

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  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Address: 12020 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129, United States
  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Contact Number: +1-8585388066
  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Timing: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve(preferred time): 09:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 0.57% of people who visit San Diego include Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve in their plan

  • 54.55% of people start their Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve visit around 09 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

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  • It was a beautiful hike which my partner and I enjoyed very much. However, at the end of the hike on our way back to my car, we were stopped by a Caucasian park ranger who spoke to us in a very rude manner. He threatened to give us a $200 ticket and tow my car because we were inside of the park 10 mins after 5pm. He also condescendingly asked if we could read English and if we thought the rules didn't apply to us. (I'm American of Bengali descent, my partner is Dominican.) He then told us to get in his car and drove us back to the entrance of the park. Weird thing is while we were driving back we saw a Caucasian woman with her dog and he drove past her and didn't say a word nor did he stop her for being at the park after 5pm. Needless to say, the rest of the ride was very awkward....

  • Really great trail. Went with my girlfriends and their kids. As for the kids they were probably exhausted, but as for the adults, it was great leg work.

  • I really enjoyed this trail. It's a good walk, especially if you plan on making it to the waterfall. There are signs to follow, so you can't miss it! Horses, bikes and leashed dogs are all welcome! I highly recommend it!

  • This place is incredible. I had no idea it was here until about a week ago, and I've been several times already! The 7 mile round trip hike to the waterfall and back is very lovely and a decent work out. The trail is very rocky, gravelly, and sandy so even though it is flat mostly it is not super easy to walk on. There are plenty of beautiful sights to see along the entire hike, from beautiful meadows and fields, to forest enclosures and streams, creeks, and waterfalls! There is also an old settlers grave in the canyon marked by a sign, so that's interesting. It has a small plaque with some information about the settler on it! This is a great area for day of exploration and adventure. With so many other trails and side paths there is much to discover!

  • It is my first time to hike this place and it's really nice. I saw some reviews saying that there's not much of shade but there are plenty of shades. The only thing is, if you want to rest, there's no single bench along the way that you can sit down to rake a break except by the grave. Definitely take a lot of water if you want to explore the whole area. I did not have a chance to go the water fall because I was so tired. I hiked for two hours and I still didn't have a chace to explore the whole place.

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