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Mission Trails Regional Park

1 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, CA 92119-1008
+1 619-668-3281
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Gorgeous wilderness with good trails

If you are nature-lover, and you want to see how San Diego North County looked before the real... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
invertpaleo
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New York City, New York
Easy and Hard. Dogs on a leash

I've been on the easy trails and the hard trails and they all have their beauty. Some trails have... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
Elz B
,
California
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Just a few minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional park has hiking trails, campgrounds, fishing, picnic facilities, and lots of wide open spaces. Run, bike or walk and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful scenery.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cowles mountain” (15 reviews)
“visitor center” (18 reviews)
“hiking boots” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, CA 92119-1008
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+1 619-668-3281
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are nature-lover, and you want to see how San Diego North County looked before the real estate developers took over, here is your chance. This is chaparral, and most of it is intact habitat. Mountain Lions have been seen here. All the local...More

Thank invertpaleo
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

I've been on the easy trails and the hard trails and they all have their beauty. Some trails have water: lakes, streams, creeks, ponds, etc. Lots of wildlife if you go at dusk or dawn. Can be overwhelmingly hot in the summer. Best for am...More

Thank Elz B
Reviewed 25 June 2017

This is an amazing place. I am from the green Appalachian Mountains but they are dwarfed by these. The tour through shows the beauty of this area. Many hiking trails with a five peak challenge set up. The visitors center is outstanding, explaining the area,...More

Thank Robleym68
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We hiked, we climbed, we caught one snake and heard another. The paths range from easy to seriously challenging, so a map, a good pair of shoes, and some pre-planning are completely necessary.

1  Thank femaleboxer
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Mission Trails is an excellent place to get some exercise in San Diego. I have been told even Mick Jagger got a run in at Mission Trails when he was in town with the Stones.

Thank James L
Reviewed 17 April 2017

we started from the Parking Area and walked alone for a long time, nice valley. We had picnic near the

Thank Tove I
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This largest urban park in the US has more than hikes and/or climbing one of the five mountains. On a warm March day (bring water or buy some at the visitor center) we took a gentle stroll along the Visitor Center Loop trail. Along the...More

2  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Did it!!! Had an awesome time hiking up 5 peaks and enjoying the scenery. Did Cowles, Pyles, north fortuna, south Fortuna, and kwaay Paay. You can do it with a dog and you can cross a stream! Super fun and adventurous! Loved the river crossing!!!

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We try to climb and hike everywhere we go and this place was awesome. Found a sweet route that was easy to set a top rope and even brought the dog. Everyone loved the quiet and scenic area outside the city. And so close!!

Thank 163willg
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had a great time hiking the 5 Peak Challenge in the park. It was well worth the effort, the views of the park and the city skyline were amazing. It takes about 5 plus hours if you move with a purpose....More

Thank Robert S
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TooBuKoo
5 August 2016|
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Response from Reneetravels2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are. You can walk from the visitors center to the other side of mission hills (Santee) it's flat & paved. Or park in the lots in Santee (not paved) and walk to the paved road that will end up at the visitors... More
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MyraL91902
16 June 2016|
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Response from mynahbird1 | Reviewed this property |
It will probably be the trail near the Old Mission Dam hike, I don't recall the name of it but you can't miss it if you're at the dam.
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Murman_Kingston
25 January 2015|
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Response from Brad C |
Sorry that this is late, but we just got done visiting. You'd want to either use the green line of the trolley car system (which really is more of a subway or monorail type of system!) to Santee, and change over to metro... More
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