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Three Bridges Loop to Los Peñasquitos Canyon

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.0 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice loop to Los Peñasquitos Canyon that avoids crossing any roads.


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5.3

Miles

8.6

KM

95%

Runnable

391' 119 m

High

67' 21 m

Low

558' 170 m

Up

558' 170 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

Arterials dominate suburban life but this run satisfyingly avoids them all by passing under three bridges.

Description

Technically this is a lollipop run rather than a loop run as the Marvin Gerst to Shaw Valley Connector connects the parking lot to the loop. The first "bridge" looks more like a tunnel constructed of cement and corrugated aluminum, crossing under Carmel Creek Rd to the Shaw Valley Trail that runs along the edge of the Grand Del Mar golf course.

A ways beyond the golf course, cross under the tall Carmel Mountain Rd bridge to ascend to the lip of Los Peñasquitos Canyon before descending the Side Hill Trail into the canyon for a brief journey along a more intimate section of the Penasquitos Creek Loop trail.

The exit is via the Carmel Mountain Connector, the hardest part of the run, though continuing just a bit further west at the bottom of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon allows a less steep exit. After completing the ascent, a short trek north reaches the third bridge, a second passage under Carmel Mountain Rd. The Carmel Mountain Rd to Little Shaw Valley trail completes the loop.

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Matthew Kidd

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  3.0 from 4 votes

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Enjoy this 120-degree panorama of Peñasquitos Canyon at the end of Shaw Valley Trail.
Feb 19, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Waimea drops into Los Peñasquitos Canyon.
Feb 19, 2017 near Carmel…, CA
Los Peñasquitos Canyon on a very clear winter day. Mt. Woodson is visible 15 miles away slightly right of center.
Jan 26, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
Side Hill - Connector to Del Mar Mesa Preserve.
Oct 25, 2016 near Fairban…, CA
Waiting for spring in Los Peñasquitos Canyon on a very clear winter day. Mt. Woodson (center) and Iron Mountain (center right) are visible 15 miles away.
Jan 26, 2021 near Carmel…, CA
A dragonfly perches on a car antenna in Little Shaw Valley.
Feb 8, 2017 near Del Mar, CA

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May 19, 2018
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