On most of my visits to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, I omit the “waterfall” because it is a real people-magnet. I do think it is a spot worthy of a little photographic exploration though. Late in December after some rains, I gave it a try and hiked out there on a weekday in the late afternoon, timing my visit with sunset.
There are many access points to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. The one that I use the least because it’s much further for me to get there is at the northern end of Camino Ruiz, on the southern side of the canyon. When I dropped off Shuwen at a friend’s in the morning I was almost there already, and so began my morning walk with Toni using this approach for a change. The trail descends into the canyon some 200 feet and that’s a most lovely section – an Elfin forest, composed of old-growth gnarly Shrub Oaks, mostly.
Even after 3 1/2 years in San Diego, there are still plenty of new and unknown places to discover. Lopez Canyon is (or was) one of them – it is a side arm south of the lower part of Los Penasquitos Canyon, accessible from Sorrento Valley Boulevard (on Google Maps, it is called the “Los Penasquitos trailhead west“).
“You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability.”