Hiking Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, San Diego, CA

Hike summary: 4.6 miles and 340 ft of altitude gain.

I got into San Diego early last Wednesday, and took care of business, then checked into the hotel. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is only a couple miles north of the hotel, and I decided to take a hike. I got there at 1500. I did a quick check of sunset for San Diego… 1640. Really?

The trailhead I used was through a dog park off Carmel Mountain Road and Ocean Air Drive. The trail goes from the southeast corner of the dog park through some thick brush. This leads to a service road that traces under some high power lines. There are several places where trails drop off into the canyon. Steeply.

At the bottom, it’s pretty much out in the open unless you go through one of the crossings from the north trail to the south side. There is not a lot of scenery. I took these photos.

One of the north-to-south crossings

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This last one is a hot air balloon I saw to the north.

Here are the maps for the hike.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve Terrain

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve Altitude

There isn’t a lot of signage for the trail. Basically, walk along the north or south trail, cross over when you want.

That’s it!

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