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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

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Address: 12115 Black Mountain Rd # A, San Diego, CA 92129
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Hike or bike ot the waterfall

A great, easy access, hike or bike through some pretty scenery. We biked at Easter and the path was flat, the scenery was nice through green trees and shaded areas in places. We... read more

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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great, easy access, hike or bike through some pretty scenery. We biked at Easter and the path was flat, the scenery was nice through green trees and shaded areas in places. We got to the waterfall and stopped there to watch people crossing the water before peddling back. The old ranch house is worth a wander around while you... More 

Thank Worrals
San Diego, California
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79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 area makes for a nice rest stop and crossing location. There were a few other... More 

Thank JohnZ-SanDiego
Plainfield, Illinois
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 of the trails to plan your day. There is a beautiful waterfalls which on a... More 

Thank acruz1902
Alpine, California
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229 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 I visit, it is for a hike. I have also ridden my bike here several... More 

1 Thank 10ringtraveler
San Diego, California
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56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 the trails with bicycles. Horses are also commonly exercised on the trails.

1 Thank thomasbones52
San Diego, California
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Temecula, California
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4 reviews
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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 old oaks and lush green forest instead of the old boring road. You can take... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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126 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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
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99 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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
Plymouth Meeting PA
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

On our first trip to this area, we just glanced at the map at the trailhead and even took a picture of it, but didn't really pay much attention. Well, there are only a few crossings over the creek in the bottom of the canyon--so to make a long story short, we did more hiking than we expected and even... More 

1 Thank urbanrenewal

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