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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

#158 of 435 things to do in San Diego Features Animals
12115 Black Mountain Rd # A, San Diego, CA 92129
+1 619-525-8213
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I would not necessarily call the water source we played in a "waterfall" as the signs and other... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kelly f
Temecula, California
Nice, but not too much to see.

We decided to hike to the waterfall and it was about 2-3 miles each way. The area was beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Harrisburg, PA
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12115 Black Mountain Rd # A, San Diego, CA 92129
+1 619-525-8213
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank kelly f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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

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

Thank acruz1902
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I cant even imagine how many miles I have hiked in this canyon. I have started from the east side, as I did today and several times from its west end. Anywhere you start there are miles and miles of trails to explore. Usually when...More

1  Thank 10ringtraveler
Reviewed 11 August 2016

You have a choice of a number of different trails within the canyon. You can also park in the community park at the North end of Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, and hike down into the canyon. The trails are multi-use, so expect to share...More

1  Thank thomasbones52
Reviewed 31 May 2016

A great local hike that crosses a nice stream several times. You can get off the main road and take the less traveled trails that go in and out of the oak trees and over the stream with a great water fall .

Thank Rhonda D
Reviewed 3 April 2016

We went there yesterday and had a great time. Parked at the main enteance and took the South Trail instead of staying on the main dirt road. If you go take either the north or south trail they take you theough a dense canopy of...More

2  Thank anthonysaudiojournal
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

Great hike but good distance The hike is 3.5 miles till the waterfall,so be prepared to walk for about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Was our first time and We really love it. It is a great place to get away,without going far.

Thank Julio O
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

I loved this hike that ended with crossing the waterfall and doing some mild bouldering. Fun hike. The bouldering was there if you wanted to, but not really necessary to get around. Was a fun time

1  Thank irishi
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