Horsethief Canyon Trail

Horsetheif Canyon Trail

Distance: 3.2-4.1 miles | Hiking time: 2 hours | Difficulty: 5/10

Horsethief Canyon Trail is a quick, family friendly out and back waterfall hike just outside of Alpine, Ca. The trail starts with a quick descent into the canyon before stopping at the Pine Valley Creek crossing. During the wet months, from late fall…

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Los Penasquitos Canyon East Approach

Los Penasquitos Canyon waterfall hike

Distance: 6.4 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 4/10

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. Hike as little or as much of the trail as you like. This suggested 6.4 mile route is just one of many possible longer or shorter routes you may choose to take along the creek.

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Three Sisters Falls

Three Sisters Falls hike

Distance: 4.0 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 7/10

Three Sisters Falls is a popular hike buried deep within Cleveland National Forest, just southwest of Julian. The unmaintained trail is steep and rugged, and provides a variety of obstacles and technical challenges for the adventure seeking hiker who’s not afraid of bumps and scratches. When the water is flowing, the Three Sisters Falls are spectacular and offer a refreshing spot to cool off before setting out for the difficult hike back out of the valley.

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Three Sisters Falls – A Beautiful Waterfall Destination Hike with a Meanstreak

Three Sisters Falls Hike

Three Sisters Falls: A Beautiful Waterfall Destination Hike with a Meanstreak

Distance: 4.0 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 7/10 | More info.

Cleveland National Forest is home to some of San Diego’s most revered hiking trails, campgrounds and backcountry destinations, not least among them is Three Sisters Falls. Head out to Three Sisters Falls during the winter or springtime when the falls are flowing for a hike you won’t soon forget.

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