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Los Penasquitos Canyon

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I finally took the dog to hike Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve that runs along just south of the 56 freeway in between the I-5 and the I-15. The goal of the day was to hike to the waterfall located near the middle of the reserve. Although I already knew the waterfall was going to be small and pathetic (read this online and confirmed by friends),  it was still our goal nonetheless. I know how much Morgan loves to go swimming and this would provide a good reward for her after a good morning walk marathon. Also, here’a s link to a printable map of the trails: Los Penasquitos Canyon Map

A few things did surprise me:

1. This is a really long but easy hike! 2.9 miles one way if you are coming from Black Mountain Road.
2. There are lots of people, bikers, horses sharing this trail…also tons of side trails as well.
3. I can’t believe this preservation is just sitting here and not a lot of people know about it!


Lots of side trails to explore next time

We made it!

I unleashed Morgan once we got to the waterfall and she immediately jumped into the water once she was free. There is a trail on the Northwest side of the rocks that takes you down to the water in case you were wondering how to get down safely. You also have to be aware of idiot bikers who don’t know to go give you a heads up as they’re charging up behind you, or idiot bikers who won’t stay on their right side coming towards you, or idiot bikers who fly through puddles as people are nearby. I’m not saying all bikers are idiots as there were a few who were courteous enough to realize that not everybody was on a bike, but you got to be aware that some bikers on this trail are just idiots. There I said it.

Then in the evening I capped off a great morning with an evening surf session down at Sunset Cliffs. You really can’t beat San Diego weather and lifestyle.

Until next time, stay classy San Diego.


Written by jonewantsm3

January 24, 2011 at 1:00 am

Posted in Adventures

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