Ready to tire out your energizer bunnies or recharge your own batteries? Take a hike! With spring in full bloom, trails are beautifully lined with wildflowers and summer heat won’t wear you out too fast. Whether you’re partial to ocean views, mountainscapes or waterfalls, we’ve found 11 amazing, kid-friendly hiking excursions around the county that will make you want to lace up those boots and hit the trail. Click through our slideshow to plan your next adventure in the great outdoors.
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
Ready to discover a hidden waterfall in the largest canyon in San Diego? Los Penasquitos offers a mostly flat hike leading to an easily accessible waterfall. Sure-footed hikers will fare best since you’ll need to climb along the rocks at times and walk about 6 miles roundtrip to enjoy the falls. Or, you can park on Del Vino Ct. for the shortest route to the waterfall, shortening the trek to about 2.5 miles roundtrip (recommended for those hiking with young kids). Explore and scramble around to watch the water splash 2 feet over the rocks. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes and take time to notice the cool shade of the sycamores and chirp of songbirds.
Parking: In the baseball field lot or the Reserve lot $3 cash. Exact change only. Neighborhood street parking available on the shorter route.
12115 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, Ca 92129
Photo: J.B. via Yelp
Where do you like to take your little adventurers hiking? Tell us in the comments.
–– Cherie Gough