Los Penasquitos Canyon PreserveCurrently Closed
- 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
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve - Review
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 Information
- 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.
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Ticket Prices
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
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
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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego Reviews
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.
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!
Beautiful and quiet, sage smells, dappled sunlight. A good place to get away for a while and stroll in nature or a horseback ride. There's a creek and waterfall, bunnies, deers and coyotes. Please leash your dog and look out for rattlers.
This is my favorite horse trail. Lots of variations. Water crossing, canopy, wide well maintained trails. And good trailer parking, round pen.