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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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Built by mission indians!

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 52! The photo of the dam won me grand prize inthe "Love Your Water" photo contest run by the San Diego County Water Authority... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 52! The photo of the dam won me grand prize inthe "Love Your Water" photo contest run by the San Diego County Water Authority. Situated inside Mission Trails Regional park, the dam is a short walk from the parking lot. Remember, this is East County, so it can get hot, but lots of shade trees,... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I live near the trails as we refer to it in our community. There are walking paths that will take you past the original San Diego Dam (great spot to be with nautre and simply relax) and hiking up Cowles Mountian which is the tallest site in San Diego. The views are incredible. DO BRING WATER. Many people forget and... More 

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

So much area to choose from. Cowles Mountain. Padre Dam. Visitor Center. Camping Sites. Bike Paths. Mountain Biking.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This place is wonderful. It’s a nature oasis in an urban area. And it’s one of the largest inter-urban parks in the entire nation! It’s 8,000 acres and growing. There are forty miles of hiking trails, a couple of lakes, and biking paths. The visitor center is incredible. You’ll never guess it’s 20 years old. It’s packed with interesting exhibits... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I know, many people coming from places with woods and forests might find this not so pretty, but it is the best we have! This is the riparian zone of the San Diego River, a nice place to hike (for us), it has several trails, and you can also climb to Cowles Mountain, the tallest peak in town, not in... More 

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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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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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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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