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Trail

13.1 mile 21.1 kilometer loop
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 319' 97 m
Descent: -319' -97 m
High: 247' 75 m
Low: 35' 11 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

An east-west trail that provides access to the majority of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve trails.

Zander Göpfert

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open all year. Parking areas are open from 8AM - 6PM.

Overview

A long loop through the preserve with unusual areas of lush, verdant woodlands that seem out of place in the desert landscapes of San Diego County.

Need to Know

Though signage is clear, some trails see illegal bike use to be aware of.

Runner Notes

A well-maintained trail with lots of shade for a cooler option in the middle of the day.

Description

This route provides access to the majority of the Preserve's trails.

Start at the Penasquitos Creek Park parking area and head west. The trail will wind around the creek and end at the highway. There are several creek tributaries you can cross along the trail.

At the highway, you cross the overpass and return on the south side of the creek heading east.

Besides the main trail, there is singletrack along the creek and outside of the main trail. There are also a number of spur trails to explore.

Flora & Fauna

Invasive wild fennel, poison oak, and rattlesnakes are greatly present but greatly outnumbered by the beautiful plant and animal species to keep an eye out for.

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Apr 7, 2019
Whitney R
Dec 15, 2018
Meghan Ryan
Have done this many many many times before this shorter run here today with Anya 13.1mi
Sep 15, 2018
Meghan Ryan
3:00:22 17.6mi
Dec 2, 2017
Ryan Dominguez
Apr 16, 2017
Jeremy Roberts
5.8mi

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  3.8 from 15 votes

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