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Los Penasquitos Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 28

Wide open trails used by hikers, horse riders, joggers and Mtn. bikers. Very little single track.
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Latitude
32.91072102090145
Longitude
-117.20935821533203
Trail Directions
Interstate 15 coming from North or South exit Mercy Road. West on Mercy Road to Black Mtn. Road. Two options: a. Keep heading West and cross Black Mtn. and enter park gates. Parking is $1.00 (closed @ sundown) or b. Turn right on Black Mtn. Road and cross Los Penasquitos creek bridge and make 1st left at Stop light. Enter Rancho Penasquitos Recreation park and park @ the very west end parking lot. (no parking fee and restrooms)
Trail Length
Approximatley 14.7miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
San Diego - Incorporated
   


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Review Date
October 4, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ThomasF ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Long Flowing main trail, with more complicated climbs and decents to the center north trail that break off and lead to jumps, drops, let downs and serious speed building service roads, I've hit about 30-35 coming down "power line trail"

Recommended Route:
start at the park off of Camino Ruiz and Calle Cristobal, "Camino Ruiz Neighborhood Park." when you first enter past the gates there will be dirt parking to your left, park there, or if you bike to the trail head, head in that direction, there will be a gate in the fence, start your decent there, when you reach the bottom (the main trail) turn left (west) and continue till you get to "Carson's Crossing" take a right there, you can bike through the slight creek, just don't hit it with too much speed and power through. when you cross continue straight up the service road (follow the power lines) this trail up will be difficult, but it will end (eventually) at the top of "Powerline Trail" you'll be rewarded with technical tight single track trails with plenty of overhanging shrubbery to give you wicked battle scars. ENJOY!



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Review Date
June 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ben ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I started on the parking lot on the east side, it was a nice trail there are some great parts you can get lost in and ride around on some tight level single track. Theres an area called Cobbles that is a lot of fun, its on the northern most side a little east of the waterfall (waterfall by the way is very small), I rode up and crossed over into what I think may have been part of the horse trails but it is a lot of fun. There are also several man made jumps randomly placed on the trail.
Also if you ride all the way to the east end and then head a little south theres a fun level single track trail track that you can pick up a lot of speed on and take some nice turns (some parts are technical, but its easy as its level).
Also as a note the ride in has some pretty difficult hills for a non-pro rider. There may be an easier way to come in if you cross over in the beginning, but I am a fan, in and out 15 miles without getting too crazy.



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Review Date
June 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: neil ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
can someone please give detailed directions (include a detailed map) of where the "tunnels" that are currently open located? I'm new to PQ Canyon (4times now) and been from blackmountain end to sorrento and can't seem to locate them.

Thanks to anyone that can share some direction.

Neil



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Review Date
January 21, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jpwegner ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There is some really great country within our own backyard through this canyon. Beautiful landscape, mild ride, creeks with mini-waterfalls. Highly recommended easy-does-it trail.

Recommended Route:
Sabre Springs to Sorrento Valley and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Poway



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Review Date
December 24, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ihaveagibsonsg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail system has received a lot of heat lately from the MTB community over the closure of the Del Mar Mesa intestine Trails. If you can get over the fact that the epic tunnels trail is closed, you would have discovered by now that there is another tunnels style trail on the southern side of the canyon.

This is the EASIEST real trail system to ride in all of San Diego. It is also one of the coolest in the summer since it's close to the ocean. The fire roads are exceptionally flat and you will only do maybe 300ft of climbing in a 15 mile ride. You can either stick to the fire roads and double track or venture off to find switchbacks and tight single tracks loaded with bike friendly jumps and obstacles. Just pay attention to where the other bikers are going and follow them when they head off the main trail. The best trail in here by far is called cobbles. It has many hips and jumps to keep your adrenaline flowing unless you're too scared to hit some of em! Pay close attention to where some of the bike tracks lead, there's jumps in places you'd never expect them. This trail flows really well and you can maintain 20mph+ if you push it! Another one of my favorite trails connects to a park on the south side of the canyon. It is a dense forest with very low branches. It's about 10 degrees cooler in here so it is a nice break from the summer heat. It's about as tight as a single track can get! Watch your speed because the low hung branches sneak up on you and will knock you off your bike HARD. If you have a 29er like me this trail gets even harder because it puts you that much closer to the branches. Also keep an eye out for trees on the ground that will knock your pedals. There's wear marks on the trees that people commonly brush against.

The fire roads can get quite congested during weekends and holidays. Go in the morning or weekdays to avoid the crowds. There is a "waterfall" in the center of the canyon that all the families are heading to. I wouldn't consider it a waterfall at all, there is water and it makes noise but it is definitely not falling more than 3 feet. The worst part about this canyon is that if it rains even a little bit, the rangers close the trails and don't open them for days even after the trails have dried out! It's absurd but many people don't listen and enter the trails anyway.

Recommended Route:
I start from the Sorrento Valley Road trail entrance parking lot. Take the trail under the bridge and up and over the hill. Go down the hill and keep an eye out for a bridge called Wagon Wheel Crossing. Cross over the bridge and Go Right and there is very quickly a fork in the road. Go left to climb up a real fun single track or go right to continue on a flat single track. The single track to the left leads to nowhere but it is a blast to descend. Once back on the single track heading east continue on it until you get to the waterfall. Once you pass the water fall head left to access cobbles. Have a blast in cobbles and explore the rest of the canyon on your own. Cobbles is the real gem to me in this canyon.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Del Mar Mesa, Black Mountain



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