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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego

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State Park Wildlife Area
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. 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. Los Peñasquitos is also home to the historic Rancho Santa Maria de Los Peñasquitos, an adobe home built in the early 1820s.The geology of the Preserve area has been described by Northrup. 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
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
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  • This used to a a great biking trail, but the rains have really torn it up. Large sections of the trail are covered in large rocks, deep gravel and sand and I wouldn't recommend it unless you really enjoy that stuff. All the bridges at the crossings washed away, so you aren't getting across unless you get really wet. Did it anyway, but just a warning. The scenery remains great though. Very green now, tall grass, lots of flowers. Even saw a large family of coyotes with young pups on the way back to the car.
  • Great relatively flat hike. It is pretty and shaded in many areas. On rare occasions I have seen deer on this trail.
  • This place is absolutely beautiful after some good rain followed by a week of sun. Lush green environment careful for there is alot of poison oak and poison ivy. Stay on the trail and enjoy!
  • A place to be transported to San Diego the was it was long long time ago. Beautiful creek with lots of old trees. It is lovely place. We owe to the people who fought to keep it from developers.
  • Very fun hiking and biking trails. Fun river crossings all along the main trail and even a little waterfall to hang out at. Good for people with dogs, just bring lots of water!