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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

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An open preserve in the city

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is located within a suburb of San Diego. It offers quite a lot for... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
San Diego, California
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An Enjoyable Loop Trail

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve provide an easy-moderate walk on the north and south sides of a... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
San Diego, California
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12115 Black Mountain Rd # A, San Diego, CA 92129-3600
+1 619-525-8213
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Using the parking lot on Black Mountain will take you longer and cost $3; so, we opted to park in Park Village and walk. It's a shorter distance to get to the waterfall and much easier on our 4-year-old son. There is a shaded hiking...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank riaona
Reviewed 23 February 2018

The easy walk is a typical canyon hike with the downhill at the beginning and the return with a gentle uphill grade. The trail starts in a small eucalyptus grove. some volcanic rock, and enters a chamise and scrub oak chaparral. There is some shelter...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Financial N
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

Went in from the north end parking lot. It is a local trail that splits two subdivisions. The houses sit up on the edge of the canyon and you walk/bike in the bottom of the canyon. Approximately 2 miles in you get to the “waterfall”....More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank daddioiii
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

We love to walk all around San Diego. This preserve is full of hills, cacti, sand, and local growth. You can walk or bike for miles. Many trails intertwine so u can change your route and still find your way out. One word of caution...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Computernana
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

This place was very difficult to find - and not just for me. Your gps will take you into a subdivision that sits above the canyon. We just happened to see a group of young men who looked like they were going for a hike...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank williephips
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is located within a suburb of San Diego. It offers quite a lot for a preserve. A gymnasium, tennis courts, ball fields for soccer, softball, baseball, football, and cricket are some of the organized sports that use the fields. A horse...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank acoachcool
Reviewed 16 July 2017

I would not necessarily call the water source we played in a "waterfall" as the signs and other reviews labeled it. We did hike 3.2 miles to the creek surrounded by boulders with several pools. It must have been Boys and Girls Hike Day so...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank kelly f
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We decided to hike to the waterfall and it was about 2-3 miles each way. The area was beautiful, but much of the site was the same throughout the hike. By the time we reached the waterfall, it was little lackluster. On top of it,...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Mel38_10
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve provide an easy-moderate walk on the north and south sides of a creek, with a crossing point at a small waterfall at the halfway point about 3 mile in (you can go a bit further along the trail but the waterfall...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank JohnZ-SanDiego
Reviewed 9 March 2017

If you love hiking this is a little hidden canyon you will enjoy. You make horseback ride, mountain bike or just walk. Pack plenty of water and if you want a picnic. Where comfortable shoes. There is so much to hike here. Print a map...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank acruz1902
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