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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego

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Canyon State Park
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 is located within a suburb of San Diego. It offers quite a lot for a preserve. A gymnasium, tennis courts, ball fields for soccer, softball, baseball, football, and cri...  more »
  • I would not necessarily call the water source we played in a "waterfall" as the signs and other reviews labeled it. We did hike 3.2 miles to the creek surrounded by boulders with several pools. It mus...  more »
  • We decided to hike to the waterfall and it was about 2-3 miles each way. The area was beautiful, but much of the site was the same throughout the hike. By the time we reached the waterfall, it was lit...  more »
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  • Love this place, been taking my kids and dogs here for years. Lots of shade and Creek running through the canyon, so you can come here anytime of day, hot or cool...
  • 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!
  • Beautiful extensive park with a nice canyon view and work out equipment

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