Los Penasquitos lies between Rancho Penasquitos and Sorrento Hills to the north and Mira Mesa to the south. Stretching approximately seven miles from the I-5 and 805 merge to just east of I-15; it encompasses some 4,000 acres of both Penasquitos and Lopez Canyons. The Preserve is jointly owned and administered by the City and County of San Diego.These are great trails for a lunch or after work mountain bike ride. You can get a good 15 mile ride in combining double track and single track. There are some fun single tracks on the top of the mesa. You can also combine this with Black Mountain to get over a 20 mile ride. If you stay down in the canyon these are some great beginner mountain bike trails.
You can either start at the west end or the east end. Directions to the east end, exit Mercy Rd. of I 15 and go east. Turn right on Black Mountain Road. Turn left into Canyonside Community Park. There are quite a few areas to park.Directions to the west end, exit off I 5 or I 805 to Sorrento Valley Blvd. Travel East about 1.5 miles. There is a parking area on the right.
This is a great mountain bike ride for after work. Los Penasquitos gives you many options but make sure you stay on the bike only side. The powerline uphills are challenging but a good workout and the downhill afterwards is worth it. This is a good mountain biking area for anyone working in the Sorrento Vally or Mira Mesa area. Watch out for snakes, we almost ran one over once.
I'm a newbie to cycling and mountain biking. This was my first trail ride and I really enjoyed it. It was easy to navigate and has some pretty good scenery. Everyone else on the trail was nice and very considerate. Make sure to stop and check out the waterfall scenic overlook, which is about half way from either start point (east or west). I'll definitely go back and ride this trail again.
I always ride from Black Mountain Rd to the end of the canyon. I rode the north trail this weekend it was fun, not too soggy, and I even got to see a mountain lion on the trail. Great ride.
03/20/2008Los Penaquitos West Parking Lot
03/20/2008Los Penasquitos Trailhead
03/20/2008Along the south side of Los Penasquitos
03/20/2008View of waterfall and bridge
03/20/2008Creek Crossing in Los Penasquitos Canyon
03/20/2008Looking back at the climb up
03/20/2008Urban Trail on Del Mar Mesa
03/20/2008Steepest part of the whole ride
03/20/2008Less steep climb, Cobbles
03/20/2008Los Penasquitos View
03/20/2008Coming Down the Mountain!
03/20/2008Climb up to Mira Mesa
10/23/2007Los PenasquitosPrint Trail Map (.pdf)
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