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Mission Trails Regional Park

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Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, CA 92119-1008
Phone Number: 619 668 3281
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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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Nice area for hiking - wish I'd brought my boots

In the area for some vacation time and was looking for a place to get some exercise outside. The area has a nice nature center with some displays in good shape. There are a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 4, 2016
Tom H
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

In the area for some vacation time and was looking for a place to get some exercise outside. The area has a nice nature center with some displays in good shape. There are a variety of hiking trails, including some more difficult ones to the tops of the '5 peaks' in the park. There are several other trailheads around the... More 

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Charlestown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

I found out about this park via singletracks.com because I wanted to ride a mountain bike while in San Diego for a conference - I needed something active to do after sitting inside discussing work and this park was perfect. Easy to find, but the trails were sometimes challenging to negotiate as I was not used to the CA topography.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

I live close by. We can walk over into the park. When mosquitos are controlled we often night fish. Grandkids live it. We have not camped yet but plan on it soon.

Thank SD N
El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

If you live in San Diego you'll wonder why you've never been to this park. It's for everyone!!! There's a beautiful museum/library/visitor center surrounded by picturesque mountains and natural beauty. It offers hiking trails for all ages and real rock climbing if that's your thing. We ride our bike from the center down to the Old Mission Dam and that's... More 

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Lakeside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

We've been to Mission Trails dozens of times, probably even hundreds of times. It's a beautiful park with a lot of open space and lots of good opportunities for getting outside and wandering around. Early evenings are wonderful as the park is not at all crowded.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

I haven't been on a lot of the different trails. I have mainly walked from the parking lot in Santee over to the Visitors center and it is a paved walking trail that you take. I really enjoy the walk. It really isn't a hike, but you walk by along a river you can walk down to. There are trails... More 

Thank Renee L
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

Drove to the park early on a Sunday morning, people were out walking and climbing when we arrived. Went to the visitor center and walked around both inside and out. Very nicely done. Could easily spend several hours there.

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

One of the nice things about this park is that you can tailor your visit. You can go out there to hike, take an easy stroll, run, ride your bike, or ride your horse. Best part is that leashed dogs are welcome. (You will see some off leash, but know that there are rattle snakes out there.) There are many,... More 

Thank Chelsea G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016

This place was pretty cool. We did their difficult trail that went high up the mountain. It was awesome. I heard a snake, but didn't actually see one. My brother and my boyfriend went up past the sign that said no people beyond this point (which I DON'T recommend) and they ended up running back down because they heard some... More 

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Santa Fe, NM
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

We went for a morning hike along the San Diego River and through the Grassland area. Nice views, unchallenging walking on our route. Saw a golden eagle! There is apparently a lot of bike riding here, too. We will hike here again next time we are in San Diego.

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