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Penasquitos Creek Loop

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Trail

13.1 mile 21.1 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 319' 97 m
Descent: -319' -97 m
High: 247' 75 m
Low: 35' 11 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

An east-west trail that provides access to the majority of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve trails.

Zander Göpfert

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open all year. Parking areas are open from 8AM - 6PM.

Overview

A long loop through the preserve with unusual areas of lush, verdant woodlands that seem out of place in the desert landscapes of San Diego County.

Need to Know

Though signage is clear, some trails see illegal bike use to be aware of.

Description

This route provides access to the majority of the Preserve's trails.

Start at the Penasquitos Creek Park parking area and head west. The trail will wind around the creek and end at the highway. There are several creek tributaries you can cross along the trail.

At the highway, you cross the overpass and return on the south side of the creek heading east.

Besides the main trail, there is singletrack along the creek and outside of the main trail. There are also a number of spur trails to explore.

Flora & Fauna

Invasive wild fennel, poison oak, and rattlesnakes are greatly present but greatly outnumbered by the beautiful plant and animal species to keep an eye out for.

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May 25, 2019
Joel A
Apr 6, 2019
skinnyb _
avoid the far west portion. cross at wagon wheel. 10mi — 12h 00m
Mar 31, 2019
Keekee Winslow
Really dry, pretty, and a bit crowded
Feb 6, 2019
Shaun Brown
Sep 29, 2018
Curtis Jones
Feb 24, 2018
Caiti Anderson
train hike #4 with boots and packs for both
Feb 20, 2018
Holly Ann
Feb 17, 2018
Caiti Anderson

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  3.8 from 15 votes

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Photos

Mustard bloom in Los Peñasquitos Canyon.
Feb 19, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
John Strauch leads the Friday hiking group through Los Peñasquitos Canyon.
Jun 24, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Sycamore creek crossing.
Oct 25, 2016 near Fairban…, CA
Los Peñasquitos Canyon becomes verdant in late winter.
Feb 19, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Side Hill - Connector to Del Mar Mesa Preserve.
Oct 25, 2016 near Fairban…, CA
Wagonwheel creek crossing.
Oct 25, 2016 near Fairban…, CA

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