I’ve been distracted from blogging the last couple of weeks. I haven’t had anything interesting to write about as I have been working, working too much. But I have this weekend off and it was time to get my camera out and my tennis shoes on.
I explored a new part of San Diego to me, the Penasquitos Canyon. For those of those that are not familiar with it, you can get a good map and read about it on their website: http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/penasq.shtml
How lucky I was to have a January hike in 80-degree weather with a slight breeze. Ideal conditions to me. This hike was longer than I am used to, but it is one of the easiest hikes I have taken. The trail is shared with horses, cyclists and hikers and is more like a jeep trail than a hiker’s trail. It’s an easy stroll, other than a few rocks and mud from the recent rains. The canyon runs east to west between Interstate 5 and Interstate 15. The main trail is a six-mile hike. Halfway into the hike, there is a waterfall. Again, I was lucky to be able to see this waterfall while it was rushing from the recent rains.
I walked from east to west, south of the creek. This is the beginning of the trail.
It wasn’t long before I saw water in the creek.
The path continued with lots of sun and open spaces mixed with beautiful California live oak trees. These are a personal favorite of mine; happy memories from Kimball Valley days.
Another view of the creek:
You soon hear the waterfall, and a little exit off the main trail will lead you to it.
Because we were on the south side of the creek, I could not actually see the water falling (without climbing on a high rock – NOT), but next time I will cross over to the north to check out that view.
Looking west, this was the last two miles of the hike.
Bird sanctuary on the west end of the trail.
One of the last creek crossings where I stopped to watch some dogs splash around in the water.
After the hike, I drove back to the eastern entrance where I enjoyed a tour of Rancho Penasquitos. I’ll share that part of the adventure with you next time.
If you live in the San Diego area and haven’t been to this canyon, I encourage you to check it out. I know I will be back, if not before, at least in the spring to see the wildflowers.
Enjoy the slide show: