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Penasquitos Creek Falls
San Diego, CA 92121

32.926823, -117.177461

Hike: 5 miles round trip   Level: Easy

Dogs: Allowed on leash  Kid-Friendly: Yes


About the Los Peñasquitos Waterfall

The Los Peñasquitos Waterfall is not much of a waterfall by normal standards, but for San Diego, I guess this is what we qualify as one. Los Peñasquitos Canyon is characterized by varied natural resources.

Evidence of the rich biodiversity of the canyon include over 500 plant species, more than 175 types of birds, and a great variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Many of these species are rare or endangered and are protected within the Preserve.

Many different geologic formations and soil types make up the steep slopes, riparian stream corridors, flat mesa tops and grassy hillsides of the Preserve. The varying terrains and soil types, in conjunction with continually flowing water, form more than 14 habitat types and support a diverse collection of flora and fauna.

While you’re in the area, make sure to check out Eichar’s Grave nearby!

The scenery of the canyon includes:

* a 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 freshwater 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 that can be observed throughout the Preserve.

These photos will help show the hike leading to the waterfall. Be careful of poison oak! We parked at the Adobe Ranch House which is located at the back of the baseball fields. Just head west the entire time. You will go through random woodsy areas and open fields. It’s about 2.5 miles one way.

 I just loved that huge stick in this dog’s mouth!


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  • David
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    So I live right on the summit of Black Mountain and I have yet to explore the place. I’ve gone up to the top with the radio relay station several times, but not the mine. I’ll have to try to find it sometime!

    February 10, 2016

  • Bri
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    This place is fantastic!!! I seriously can’t thank the creator of this page enough. Granted a few of the places I’ve gone to see have been gone or just not terribly worth the trip however, so many other places just blow my mind. It gives me something to look forward to now whenever I have a day off.

    February 23, 2016

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