Los Penasquitos Canyon - East side

Join us on a nice hike in the middle of suburbia.
Los Penasquitos (meaning "the little cliffs") Canyon Preserve lies between Rancho Penasquitos to the north and Mira Mesa to the south. Stretching approximately 7 miles from the I-5 and 805 merge to just east of I-15, it encompasses some 4,000 acres of both Penasquitos and Lopez Canyons. Native American history within the Preserve dates back as far as 7,000 years ago. The park also features a historic adobe ranch house built in 1823 by the recipients of the first Mexican land grant in San Diego County.

Highlights of the preserve:
Small waterfall cascading through volcanic rock
A streamside forest of giant California live oaks.
Groves of majestic sycamore trees.
A year-round stream populated by pacific tree frogs, crayfish and largemouth bass.
A fresh water marsh hosting a variety of aquatic birds including great blue herons, egrets, mallard ducks and more.
Mule deer, bobcat, coyote, and raccoon are just a few of the mammals than can be observed throughout the Preserve.

Meeting point: We will meet at the grassy area of the front parking lot of Canyonside Recreation Center (free parking) at 8:25 AM and set off at 8:30 AM. The parking lot is in front of the the first ball field on Canyonside Park Dr. Please click on the location map given above. 

Hike Info: We will hike up to the Sycamore Crossing (after a short stop at the PQ Creek Falls) and loop back to the starting point.
The hike is an easy loop approximately 8 miles on mostly level terrain. Allow 3-3.5 hours for this hike. Difficulty level is easy to moderate. It is only considered moderate because of the length of the hike and the steady brisk pace we will maintain - not lazy strolling but not racing madly either! 

Dogs are permitted on a leash but watch out for rattlesnakes and poison Ivy. The latter part applies to bipeds too :)

This hike has been cross posted with other hiking groups.

Hiking Essentials: Sufficient water, a snack to keep up your energy, shoes with good traction, & hat (not much shade on large parts of the trail). Restrooms are located in the recreation center but none on the trail itself. 

DIRECTIONS: 
From I-15 South: 

Take the Mercy Rd exit toward Scripps Poway Pkwy
Turn right onto Mercy Rd
Turn right onto Black Mountain Rd
Take the 1st left onto Canyonside Park Driveway
Turn right onto Canyonside Park Dr.
(Additional parking all around the park.)

1-15 North:

Take the Mercy Rd exit toward Scripps Poway Pkwy
Turn left onto Mercy Rd
Turn right onto Black Mountain Rd
Take the 1st left onto Canyonside Park DrivewayTurn right onto Canyonside Park Dr. 
(Additional parking all around the park.)

Disclaimer: You are solely responsible for your safety (and your kids/pets) and well being on this hike. No organizer of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. You accept all risks when you rsvp "yes" and show up to participate for this event or any other event. If you decide to break away from the group you are responsible for your own safe return.

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  • Mayumi L.

    Great view!

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice area. I hadn't been here before so it was great to see what's there.

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for hiking the pretty trails of PQ canyon with me. Weather was a bit warm but it's still exhilarating to be outdoors rather than indoors :)

    1 · October 19, 2013

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