Los Penasquitos Canyon East Approach

Los Penasquitos Canyon waterfall hike

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is centrally located in San Diego and is easily accessible from the 805, 15 and 56 freeways. The focal point of the canyon is Penasquitos Creek, which runs the length of the preserve. A little over 3 miles west of the Black Mountain Road trailhead there is a quaint, quiet spot with a waterfall, perfect for a picnic lunch.

Trails are abundant on both sides of the creek and there are several creek crossings, including a couple of bridges. This suggested 6.4 mile route is just one of many possible longer or shorter routes you may choose to take along the creek.

Los Penasquitos Canyon East Approach trail info.

  • Distance: 6.4 miles
  • Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Type: Loop
  • Elevation gain: 300’
  • Difficulty: 4/10
  • Usage: Hiking, Trail running, Mountain biking, Dogs allowed, Good for kids
  • When to go: All year
  • Permits Required: Day use fee ($3.00)
  • Agency: San Diego Park & Recreation

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Robb Keele

Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker, picture taker and 52 Hike Challenger. He created Getgo Outdoors with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.
Robb Keele

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