Summer hike at Penasquitos Canyon (7 photos)

Hiking in San Diego in Summer can be a bit of a challenge – especially with a little furry friend like Toni, who doesn’t like the heat very much. Luckily though, mornings are often nice and cool, when the marine layer shields the sun in the early hours of the day. Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is particularly nice, especially when starting from the east end near Black Mountain Road – a lot of the trails are shaded by beautiful trees like oaks, sycamores and willows.

In addition to that, the canyon runs in a east-westerly direction, and a nice breeze from the ocean makes it quite pleasant even on warm days. And when my friend Detlev and I hiked it on a morning in July we had these nice conditions – clouds that didn’t burn off until 11 in the morning when we were on our way out to the cascades of Penasquitos Creek, and a nice breeze and cool shade under the oaks, on our way back. The total distance for this hike is ~6 miles.

Here are some photographic impressions. The two deer encounters were especially nice – the urban sprawl left and right of the canyon is pretty intense, it’s good to see wildlife that persists!

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