Los Penasquitos Canyon East Approach

Los Penasquitos Canyon waterfall hike

Located in the heart of San Diego, the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is easily accessible from the 805, 15 and 56 freeways. The main feature of the canyon trail is Penasquitos Creek, which runs the length of the preserve. Hikers can find a secluded spot with a seasonal waterfall located just a little over 3 miles west of the Black Mountain Road trailhead that is suitable for a picnic lunch.

The preserve offers a variety of hiking trails on both sides of the creek, with a few creek crossings and a couple of bridges. This 6.4 mile route is just one of the several options available for visitors to explore Penasquitos Creek. The Los Penasquitos Canyon East Approach trail is a family-friendly hike that provides an opportunity to explore the natural and historical beauty of San Diego.

Los Penasquitos Canyon East Approach trail info.

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

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