If your pupster is looking to connect with Mother Nature, then head over to this beautiful park. As you and your furry pal walk through Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, you’ll forget you are in dry San Diego. Penasquitos Creek runs through the six mile canyon and creates a lovely riparian habitat that will simply delight your doggo. Plus, it has remnants of Native American history that dates back 7,000 years.
There are several trails and entrances to the park. You can make your hike as long or as short as your pup can handle. One of the main access points is on the east end near Black Mountain Road. If your pup is up for an adventure, complete the entire 6.4 mile roundtrip hike. As you wander through the preserve, take time to stop and gaze at the cliffs. Your doggo will marvel at the waterfall that runs through volcanic rocks. And walking through groves of sycamores and California live oaks will surely make their tail wag!
Since this is a wild area, there are wild creatures that call it home. There are over 500 different types of plants, and you can spot 175 different kinds of birds. Mule deer, coyote, and raccoons are lurking in the bushes and the creek contains Pacific tree frogs, crayfish and largemouth bass. On the downside there are also rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and poison oak. To keep your canine buddy safe, be sure to keep their leash on and stay on the trail.
Be sure to put some clean up bags in your backpack and pick up after your pooch. Even though there is a creek, your pooch will need a drink of water or two, so don’t forget to bring some water so they can wet their whistle. This is definitely one park your pup will want to visit again and again!