Peñasquitos Canyon: Canyonside Park to Creek Stomp

San Diego, CA
Length: 0.50 mi.

About This Trail

[Total: 9    Average: 4.1/5]

This entrance to Peñasquitos Canyon is my favorite for toddlers! The trail to the creek is very short and flat, great for little walkers. The creek runs year round and is the perfect size for kids to play in. About halfway to the creek there is a hidden tree cave on the right side of the trail. There are some small rocks and tree roots in the trail, but it is possible to use an off road stroller on this trail. If you want to walk further, you can cross the bridge over the creek and walk as many miles as you desire through Peñasquitos Canyon. After you hike, you can head over to the Los Peñasquitos Ranch House and see their farm animals.

If you are in the parking lot facing the Ranch House with the sports fields behind you, the trailhead is to your left. You will see a big sign/map to the right and a gate on the left. Keep straight on this trail until you reach the creek.

Restrooms: There is a bathroom in the park, in the middle of the sports fields.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River and Natural Play Area

Short hike to fun creek stomping!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

When you enter Creekside Park, stay straight and drive all the way to the back of the park, past the sports fields but before you enter the Ranch House. There you will find a large parking area to your right.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 9    Average: 4.1/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Current HiB Asheville NC Branch Ambassador. Past HiB San Diego CA and Orange County CA Branch Ambassador, and past National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.


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