Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

4.645 Votes 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
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Trail, Park, 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.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

  • Entry is free.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Hours

  • 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
  • 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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  • 0.53% 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

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

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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Reviews & Ratings

  • Easy, pretty level. A couple different routes to take, so you can choose. Then when you get to the waterfall, you can jump around the rocks to see different tiny waterfalls.

  • Good hiking and walking paths. Only walked the cactus trail and saw the creek but there was tons more to explore, including a waterfall!

  • Beautiful extensive park with a nice canyon views and good work out.

  • Omg, love the it. We have only been there once but we are sure to come back.

  • Great beginner hike. It's a very level hike/walk with great scenery (especially right after the rainy season). There are spots without shade, so prepare accordingly. We did the 6 mile loop from the south lot to the falls and back. The waterfall is more of a set of cascading drops and there are lots and lots of people at the falls.

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