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Mission Trails Regional Park

Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Phone Number: 619 668 3281
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Ranked #55 of 216 Attractions in San Diego
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Just a few minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional park has hiking trails...
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

If you have half a day and are looking to experience the beauty of San Diego from a different vantage point a climb to the summit of Cowles Mountain ele.1592 ft. puts you as high as you can go in the city. The climb is rated a 5 but if you're in reasonable shape (can climb 50+ flights of stairs)... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

What a park area to hike and stroll and experience a different side of San Diego. Quiet, serene and beautiful. Nice visitor center. Worthwhile to visit and hike and get off the tourist track of SD.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I have hiked a lot in the past in this park. the trails are well marked and wide. You feel like you are in a wilderness setting, though you are only a few miles from downtown San Diego. The birdlife is extensive. Watch out for rattlesnakes in the warm months.

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I was very excited to run in a different place(I do 99% of my trail running in Nashville,TN). The first problem that I had was where to go, if you are not familiar with this place you will have a difficult time finding out where to run. I found another runner, and he pointed me in the right direction. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Always an hour or two well spent on a hike in Mission Trails. Up here all the time with the dog or solo if hiking the Fortuna Peaks. Don't be afraid to get a little lost.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Mission Trails Regional Park is one of the favourite hiking spots in San Diego, if you love the environment and to be in the nature thats the place for you to be. There is a nice not to difficult hike which need around 50 minutes to climb, if you are an beginner, you can make it in 40, if... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Easily accessible from both Highway 52 and Mission Gorge Road, Mission Trails offers a wide range of trails for hiking, horse back and mountain bike riding. After several years of lack of funding, the Kumeyaay Lake Campground is now open for weekend overnight camping. The park houses the original dam constructed on the San Diego River during the mission era.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was one of my favorite regular hiking spots when I was in San Diego. It takes about 45 minutes to hike and it's the perfect workout for a newer hiker. The view from the top is awesome.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Go early in the morning before it gets too hot.Trails are well marked but not much shade.After 9 they Allow cars to drive right in through the park.sighted a lot of birds around the information centre.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

MTRP is a very convenient hiking location for most anyone in the San Diego metropolitan area. There are a large variety of trails in both length and difficulty. The mountains have great views of the surrounding urban area. The downside is that being an arid region the park is pretty scrubby and barren and there is little shade to speak... More 

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