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Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego

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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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  • 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 »
  • You have a choice of a number of different trails within the canyon. You can also park in the community park at the North end of Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, and hike down into the canyon. The trails are...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Goto fast and relatively flat trail run. 12 miles round trip from trailhead to trailhead. I prefer the South trails personally but you can make the complete loop if you prefer (other side of river). Wildlife, rocks, heat, a small waterfall, not bad for being so centrally located.
  • A great park to hike, or mountain bike. There are historic points to stop at within the preserve, and a nice little stream and fall to stop and rest at.
  • Not sure what all the fuss is about. $3 to park, too many bikes, mostly flat. At least there is shade.
  • 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!