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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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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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San Diego, California
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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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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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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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Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Phone Number: 619 668 3281
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego

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