Three Bridges Loop to Los Peñasquitos Canyon
ElevationAscent: 558' 170 m
Descent: -558' -170 m
High: 391' 119 m
Low: 67' 21 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A nice loop to Los Peñasquitos Canyon that avoids crossing any roads.”— Matthew Kidd
Family Friendly It's long enough and interesting enough to feel like a real achievement for a kid but isn't overly long.
A ways beyond the golf course, cross under the tall Carmel Mountain Rd bridge to ascend to the lip of Los Peñasquitos Canyon before descending the Side Hill Trail into the canyon for a brief journey along a more intimate section of the Penasquitos Creek Loop trail.
The exit is via the Carmel Mountain Connector, the hardest part of the hike, though continuing just a bit further west at the bottom of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon allows a less steep exit. After completing the ascent, a short trek north reaches the third bridge, a second passage under Carmel Mountain Rd. The Carmel Mountain Rd to Little Shaw Valley trail completes the loop.
Land Manager: City of San Diego - Parks & Recreation