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Mission Trails Regional Park

1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
619 668 3281
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Ranked #39 of 220 attractions in San Diego
Type: Parks
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... more » 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. « less
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San Diego
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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San Diego
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
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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Santee, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Those of you who reside in Santee, CA. already know about Mission Trails Regional Park's walking and hiking trails, however many of you first timers to this area, who are history buffs, should be aware of the "Visitor Center" at this wonderful park. The museum is a culmination of a lot of love and work and joint efforts of San... More

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Camp Verde, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We purchased bikes and the sales guys said to try them out here. I'm glad we did. It was a little more advanced for me - I'm a beginner to mountain biking, but once I made it to the top of the hills I was so impressed! I recommend this park to bikers, hikers, and walkers! Saw a few runners... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

There are many hiking trails throughout this park. Its a very popular place, especially on weekends. Plan for a long walk to/from the car. Lots of families here, and it seems a pretty safe place to go. The hike up Cowle's Mountain is "easy" but it is steep and be sure to take water to drink. Its great that it... More

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Independence, KY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I've read that this trail is an easy trail. I exercise 6 days a week and trust me when I say, it is difficult. It took us 45 minutes to come down.....so what does that say. I lost track of time going up but it was probably 1 1/2 hours. This is a 1 1/2 mile trail that is relatively... More

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san diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This is my daily workout place! Can run trails or surface and mix up your run or walk with hills or flat. Check out the visitor trail loop, lots of water after the last rain. Plenty of parking and an overflow lot. Clean restrooms and bathrooms and the visitor center.and some interesting rotating artwork. Though the campsite is closed for... More

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SEATTLE
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Within the urban sprawl of San Diego is a pleasant park for the outdoor-minded folks. Mission Trails has hiking and mountain biking trails. Some are short and easy, while other loops can be combined for a longer trail. Difficulty is moderate with some steep but short sections. Nice wide trails are well marked. Nice views of the city from the... More

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