Personal Experience: This is a truly beautiful hike. The whole hike down the hill is canopied with trees keeping the heat out and giving a nice, surreal touch. I haven't seen any other hikes quite like this one. The one downside is the canopy seemed to keep fresh air out, making it quite dusty. It affected me and I woke up sick the next day. Anyway, below is the Rancho Penasquitos Preserve where you can find all types of fun things to explore such as the Rancho Penasquitos Waterfall, the Rancho Adobe House, Eichars Grave and other suspicious ruins we have yet to identify.
This is a great way to access the canyon for you Mira Mesa folks. A secret spot indeed! I've hung out at this park multiple times and never once noticed the trail. Once we spotted it we headed down within the next few weeks. What a fun adventure!
The trailhead is in Mira Mesa at Camino Ruiz Park:
Down we go!
Pretty much the whole trail is canopied by trees:
Like all the canyons in San Diego, poison oak is everywhere! Make sure you know how to identify this beast and stay clear of it!
Behind-the-scenes. :P Looks like I'm shooting a bow and arrow.
She was scared of the bridge:
Keep your babies hydrated!
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