Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego

About Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego - Address, Phone Number

Address: 12020 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129

Phone: +1-8585388066

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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Trail, Park, Waterfall, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Canyon, Bird Watching

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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 Opening and Closing 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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  • One of my very favorite short and easy hikes! The waterfall at the end is so beautiful and well deserved! This hike is usually a hot one so make sure you check the temperature before going and especially before taking your pooch with you! Not very many shaded areas along the path.

  • Lpq reserve is natural. You can find cayotes, mule deers, boas, rattles around. The water stream after rains are good. It does form a cute waterfall. Excellent place for mountain biking. No water stations or restrooms available. It is almost 11 miles in length but you have many inlets and outlets. Enjoy hiking but stay on the trail paths.

  • Love this place, been taking my kids and dogs here for years. Lots of shade and Creek running through the canyon, so you can come here anytime of day, hot or cool...

  • This used to a a great biking trail, but the rains have really torn it up. Large sections of the trail are covered in large rocks, deep gravel and sand and I wouldn't recommend it unless you really enjoy that stuff. All the bridges at the crossings washed away, so you aren't getting across unless you get really wet. Did it anyway, but just a warning. The scenery remains great though. Very green now, tall grass, lots of flowers. Even saw a large family of coyotes with young pups on the way back to the car.

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  • One of the largest urban preserves. Great place to hike or bike.

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