San Diego Trails: Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Flareup along the fireroad in Los Penasquitos ...
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San Diego Trails: Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is one of the last remaining open spaces surrounded by urban sprawl. It is located between Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa and is a delightful 4000 acres and seven miles of sprawling space between where Interstate 5 and 805 merge, a little east of I-15.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve has miles of trails, most of which are open to hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers so they really are available for all to enjoy, whatever your chosen mode of transport! They are along both sides of the fabulous Penasquitos Creek, and watch out for the waterfall cascading down the volcanic rock, it’s truly spectacular, actually, you’ll probably hear it well before you see it.

There are more than 500 different plant species found in the 14 different habitats in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and also has more than 175 different bird species as well as numerous mammals, amphibians and reptiles – watch out for snakes, they were there first! It’s always a good idea to stick to the main trails in these places, it’s safer for everyone concerned.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve really is a great place to relax, take in a little country air and be more at one with nature.  Do act responsibly on your visit, as the photo shows, fire can destroy life and habitat in seconds.

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