Penasquitos Canyon: Penasquitos West to Wagon Wheel Crossing

San Diego, CA
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 3    Average: 4.3/5]

This hike starts from the west entrance of Penasquitos Canyon (off Sorrento Valley Blvd) and heads out to Wagon Wheel Crossing. This crossing features a fun suspension bridge and a little creek area for the kids to explore. The trail itself is mostly wide and flat, but there is a rocky hill near the beginning that is not suitable for strollers. It is completely exposed with a little shade at the crossing.

The trail starts at the end of the parking lot at the metal gate. Shortly, you will reach a T junction. Go left and head under Sorrento Valley Blvd. Follow the trail up and over a small, rocky hill before you head down into the canyon. You will see a small trail branch off to the left about a half a mile in, but continue straight on the main trail. After about another quarter of a mile you will see the sign and bridge for Wagon Wheel Crossing.

We especially love hiking this trail near sunset, when we have spotted different types birds, coyotes, and deer.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 102 ft.
Stroller friendly No
Stroller terrain No Wheels
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Bike Trails, Creek / River, and Natural Play Area

There are many mountain bikers that share the trail here.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a large parking lot that closes at sunset.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 3    Average: 4.3/5]


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