There are a lot of great hikes to choose from for people wondering what to do in San Diego today, however none of them are quite like hiking the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Exploring this canyon yields astonishing changes in surroundings around practically every bend.
The Friends of the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve offer free hikes with expert guides through the canyon throughout the year, check the website for times and dates as they can vary by season. The canyon runs from Rancho Penasquitos all the way through to the lagoon at Torrey Pines, so if you’re feeling energetic you can hike straight from Black Mountain Road to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way you will walk through shady copses of trees, open grass fields, and rocky terrains. You will even see the waterfalls for which the area was named. Penasquitos is Spanish for “little cliffs.” In the summer months the waterfalls may not be flowing too greatly but if you visit shortly after rain you will hear them as you approach. The hike is mostly flat and can be done by anyone, those looking for a shortcut to the waterfalls or to make the hike to the lagoon easier can drive to the end of adjacent Canyonside Park and start from there. If you’re looking for things to do in San Diego tonight, the Friends of the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve also offer full moon hikes, and free family-friendly movies in the summer.
When going on a hike in the canyon be sure to bring good shoes, water, and bug spray. While in the canyon you may see deer, rabbits, coyotes, owls, bobcats, and more. If you want to have an even better chance of spotting wildlife you can sign up for some of the canyon’s wildlife tracking activities and classes. On Saturdays and Sundays you can take a free tour of the Ranch Santa Maria de los Penasquitos house, which is San Diego’s second oldest standing house. Tours are available on Saturdays at 11:00AM and Sundays at 1:00PM. Exploring the Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is one of the top things to do in San Diego.
Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that has made arrangements for one of the tours of the Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and learn a little more about local history. An in-the-know Funbassador can provide the water, sunscreen, and insect repellant necessary for a hike and point out notable flora and fauna while guiding a Funseeker to the waterfalls and maybe even all the way to the ocean.