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Luna says, "come join us on our walk to Carson's Crossing".

Out of all the walks and hikes we have been on Luna (my black dog)  liked this one the best. She was so giddy to realize we were going to hike next to a creek that runs the length of this hike, she was running around tail tucked and kicking up her heels. She was yipping with excitement. Geeze, I wonder if the water-less hikes were even fun for her after the way she was acting. lol 

This was a five mile hike out and back at Los Penasquitos Canyon meaning “Little Cliffs”.  We followed the creek under a canopy of giant Live Oak Trees to a waterfall.  The whole hike is about 11 miles but we put in at the halfway point. I have written about this place and shared here, but it was on the other side, and it was still very hot outside, and the west side of this trail had no water. We went all summer long with no rain.  

The weather has changed, its been really nice for hiking and we have had rain, so it was time to check the east side of the hike out. 

This post shows our first stop, Carson’s Crossing. 

#1 The trail

Can you see my son up ahead? Almost everywhere in this county has burned in the last ten years. You will see old dead trees here and there like the one in this photo. 

#2 Giant palm

Los Penasquitos Canyon and its tributary, Lopez Canyon, are characterized by varied natural resources. Evidence of the rich biodiversity of the canyon include over 500 plant species, more than 175 types of birds, and a great variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Many of these species are rare or endangered and are protected within the Preserve

#3 To the north

You will see our golden hills. I looked over at the hill and saw something colorful. Walking closer I found this beautiful Prickly Pear. 

#4 To the south

You have the Penasquitos Creek. A very clear running creek as you can see. This is actually several small creeks. I imagine when we get a lot of rain the small creeks all make one. 

#5 The creek

The creek is wide, it reaches all the way to the green trees in the upper frame. 

The cattails laid over by rushing water of our recent rain. 

#6 So clear

The geology of the Preserve area has been described in a geology book by John Northrup in conjunction with the University of California & published by Windsor Associates. It is also one of the largest urban parks in the USA. 

#7 Carson’s Crossing

Has a great history. 

The main highway between Old San Diego and Yuma ran through Los Penasquitos Canyon, they sent out scouts to find the easiest shallow crossing, this was Carson's Crossing seen here. 

#8 The walk bridge

This is where they crossed with wagon trains. The city and county put up a walking bridge seen here. 

#9 Looking downstream

Standing on the walk bridge looking downstream. 

#10 Meika

Was the first one to cross the bridge. We didn't stay long, because we still wanted to reach the waterfall to have our picnic lunch before it got too late in the day. Time to pack up and hike some more. 

With five miles of creek I seemed to have taken too many pictures once again! Look for Part two of this post, titled Los Penasquitos Waterfall coming soon. 

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