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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, CA 92119-1008
+1 619-668-3281
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

Mission trails has a great variety of trails and is close to most San Diego neighborhoods. We have enjoyed hiking from the Clairemont Mesa trailhead and also the Father Junipero Serra Trailhead. The mountains are challenging (North and South Fortuna) and we generally avoid going...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Ramlah N
Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

We did the 10km north and south fortuna peak walks and if you’re happy to walk that far it’s definitely a nice walk to do! Nice views from the top where you can see quite far. Dog friendly which was great, but would be careful...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Akkapo
Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

Hiked North Fortuna trail, South Fortuna trail, North parameter Trail. Trail well maintained. Heavenly used.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank F5749WHmarkm
Reviewed May 8, 2019

I love Mission Trails Regional Park, the largest park in California, and I live in a condo on the edge of Lake Murray with fantastic views from my balcony. The reminds me of Evergreen Lake in Evergreen, CO, where I was raised so it brings...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 593BillG
Reviewed April 25, 2019

Interesting hiking and good visitor center provides introduction to bird and wildlife in the park. Best to start early to beat the heat.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MB J
Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I spent the afternoon here. We walked Father Junipero Sero trail from the visitor center to the Old Mission Dam. It was a pleasant, paved walk with only slight elevation changes. On the way back we walked down to the Grinding Rocks...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 29kindergartencuties
Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

I enjoyed a lovely day in this park. The flowers were in full bloom, the water on the San Diego river crossing was a great cooling temperature and the views from the summits were lovely. The visitor center also is a great resource... including water,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank je581
Reviewed March 31, 2019

I happen to live near the East end of Claremont Mesa Blvd.near the trail head, and noticed a "Meter Maid" putting parking tickets on cars parked in the Bike Lane. I feel bad for all you hard working folks who just want to get outdoors...More

Date of experience: March 2019
3  Thank jwongcsp
Reviewed March 21, 2019

I walk here with my daughter or with friends about once a month. There are a lot of easy to follow trails. My favorite leaves from the old Mission Dam. When its hot, watch for rattle snakes though. They're seldom were people are but be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joel B
Reviewed March 16, 2019

Kumeyaay Campground is open and the sites are adjacent to a bike path that will take you through the hills down to the Visitor Center and back for a great morning before you hike the nature trail and have a campfire back at camp. Learn...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Janet L
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June 11, 2018|
Response from tinkerbell-hop | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but cleaning up after your dog is required
August 4, 2016|
Response from Reneetravels2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are. You can walk from the visitors center to the other side of mission hills (Santee) it's flat & paved. Or park in the lots in Santee (not paved) and walk to the paved road that will end up at the visitors... More
June 15, 2016|
Response from mynahbird1 | Reviewed this property |
It will probably be the trail near the Old Mission Dam hike, I don't recall the name of it but you can't miss it if you're at the dam.