Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego

4.3
#11 of 14 in Nature in San Diego
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is an urban park in San Diego, California. Stretching approximately 7mi, the park encompasses some 4000acre of both Peñasquitos and Lopez canyons, and is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The preserve is jointly owned and administered by the City of San Diego and the County of San Diego.Los Peñasquitos is also home to the historic Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos, an adobe home built in the early 1820s. Operated by the County of San Diego, the home has been restored and tours are available for the public.Natural historyMore than 500 plant species, more than 175 types of birds, and a great variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals make up the rich bio-diversity of the park. Many of these species are rare or endangered.The geology of the Preserve area has been described in a geology book by John Northrup in conjunction with the University of California & published by Windsor Associates. Nearby is the Torrey Pines State Reserve, where one of only two extant stands of the endangered Torrey Pine is found.Further reading C.Michael Hogan (2008) Torrey Pine: Pinus torreyana, Globaltwitcher, ed. Nicklas Stromberg John Northrop. 1988. Geology of Los Peñasquitos Canyon, 40 pages
Before you head to San Diego, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly San Diego trip itinerary website , to make sure you see all that San Diego has to offer, including Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.
Source
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
42 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • The easy walk is a typical canyon hike with the downhill at the beginning and the return with a gentle uphill grade. The trail starts in a small eucalyptus grove. some volcanic rock, and enters a cham...  more »
  • No time too far to go when jogging or ideal to take a walk. Be careful, however, because it is difficult to understand is lost.
    View original
  • Went in from the north end parking lot. It is a local trail that splits two subdivisions. The houses sit up on the edge of the canyon and you walk/bike in the bottom of the canyon. Approximately 2 mil...  more »
Google
  • This place is incredible. I had no idea it was here until about a week ago, and I've been several times already! The 7 mile round trip hike to the waterfall and back is very lovely and a decent work out. The trail is very rocky, gravelly, and sandy so even though it is flat mostly it is not super easy to walk on. There are plenty of beautiful sights to see along the entire hike, from beautiful meadows and fields, to forest enclosures and streams, creeks, and waterfalls! There is also an old settlers grave in the canyon marked by a sign, so that's interesting. It has a small plaque with some information about the settler on it! This is a great area for day of exploration and adventure. With so many other trails and side paths there is much to discover!
  • I really enjoyed this trail. It's a good walk, especially if you plan on making it to the waterfall. There are signs to follow, so you can't miss it! Horses, bikes and leashed dogs are all welcome! I highly recommend it!
  • This is my favorite horse trail. Lots of variations. Water crossing, canopy, wide well maintained trails. And good trailer parking, round pen.
  • AWESOME, THE BEST. We are equestrians and the facility and trails are beautiful. Water crossings good for greenies and trails thru the trees are great! Two clean nice outhouses, not the cheap ones with water soap and towels to wash your hands. Very nice. $3 for parking but be generous if you can. We want to help this preserve stay around. From Menifee it took about 1 hour to get there.
  • A nice hike. Dog friendly. Can get extremely hot in summer months so probably leavie dog unit at home if its pretty bad. Always bring a ton of water. Only knock is the waterfall isnt really impressive.
Places to stay near Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Plan your trip to San Diego

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve by other users

7 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in Austin & San Diego BY A USER FROM TAIWAN October, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 33 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 56 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 36 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, romantic, beaches, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in California BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, romantic, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM CANADA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans