Peñasquitos Canyon: Peñasquitos Creek Park to Carson's Crossing

San Diego, CA
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 14    Average: 4.1/5]

Peñasquitos Creek Park to Carson’s Crossing is a 2 mile round trip hike. The trail is on a  flat fire road so off road strollers are able to use this trail. The creek crossing had a pretty bridge and tree cover, so it is a great place to rest, let the kids run around, and eat a snack.

The trailhead is off Camino Del Sur on the opposite side of the park. Go through the gate and down the hill. You will see a small single track trail off to your right, ignore it and keep going straight. At the bottom of the hill this trail will meet up with another coming from your left. Follow the bend and keep going right along the fire road. Along your hike you will pass many trail intersections, ignore them and keep going straight. Eventually you will reach a larger four way intersection with a sign saying Carson’s Crossing. Turn left here. A little ways down the trail will fork, keep left and head into the trees. There you will see a large open space shaded by trees and a large bridge, which is Carson’s Crossing! Once you are rested and ready to go home, head back the way you came.

Restrooms: There is a porta potty in Penasquitos Creek Park, right across the street from the trailhead.

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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

Bike Trails, Creek / River, and Natural Play Area

Easy hike to beautiful tree covered bridge over a creek.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park along Camino Del Sur next to Peñasquitos Creek park.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 14    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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