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Mission Trails Regional Park

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Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Phone Number: 619 668 3281
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Just a few minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional park...
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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Beautiful San Diego

A beautiful place to hike, 2nd time Ive hiked here with my kids class and it is amazing to see really just how large Mission Trails is. There is of course Cowles Mountain but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A beautiful place to hike, 2nd time Ive hiked here with my kids class and it is amazing to see really just how large Mission Trails is. There is of course Cowles Mountain but the bus drove farther in, and we got to see the old Mission Dam. Awesome place to hike with family!

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Seattle, Washington
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

No cost to park here. For MTB, we parked at the Mast Street entrance near the equestrian staging parking area and rode north, then came back into the park and stayed near that area mostly. There were joggers, horseback riders and hikers around but not an annoying number for a Thursday afternoon. Good open-spaces here and well-maintained trails for exercise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

In the past several months, I have taken my children (ages 7, 9, and 14) on the amazing trails several times. The wow-power of nature shines bright as you walk up the hills, stroll through the valleys, and observe the beautiful landscape. The views of San Diego take your breathe away and the exercise you get is dependent on your... More 

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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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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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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 via mobile

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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