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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:
+1 619-668-3281
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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Great Spot for Mountain Biking, Jogging or Hiking

Mission Trails is an excellent place to get some exercise in San Diego. I have been told even Mick Jagger got a run in at Mission Trails when he was in town with the Stones.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James L
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mission Trails is an excellent place to get some exercise in San Diego. I have been told even Mick Jagger got a run in at Mission Trails when he was in town with the Stones.

Thank James L
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

we started from the Parking Area and walked alone for a long time, nice valley. We had picnic near the

Thank Tove I
San Diego, California
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305 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This largest urban park in the US has more than hikes and/or climbing one of the five mountains. On a warm March day (bring water or buy some at the visitor center) we took a gentle stroll along the Visitor Center Loop trail. Along the way we saw lizards, Spring blossoms about 8 different types), bees, birds, the San Diego... More 

1 Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Did it!!! Had an awesome time hiking up 5 peaks and enjoying the scenery. Did Cowles, Pyles, north fortuna, south Fortuna, and kwaay Paay. You can do it with a dog and you can cross a stream! Super fun and adventurous! Loved the river crossing!!!

Thank Andrew H
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122 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We try to climb and hike everywhere we go and this place was awesome. Found a sweet route that was easy to set a top rope and even brought the dog. Everyone loved the quiet and scenic area outside the city. And so close!!

Thank 163willg
Titusville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had a great time hiking the 5 Peak Challenge in the park. It was well worth the effort, the views of the park and the city skyline were amazing. It takes about 5 plus hours if you move with a purpose. My personal favorite peak is Kwaay Paay which is the shortest hike. It is located... More 

Thank Robert S
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We parked on Golfcrest Dr and went up to Cowles Mountain and then went to Pyles Peak. We saw many people along the first part but the hike from Cowles to Pyles was very quiet so I highly recommend. Overall took about 3 hours. Great hiking trails.

1 Thank livend
Southern NJ
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586 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We wound up at Mission Trails Regional Park on a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon in September, as it was relatively near the mission. Definitely bring water and a hat/visor! And we were glad we had our hiking boots, as the terrain could be rocky in places. We stuck to the the trails nearest the visitors' center, which was quite... More 

Thank GreenUnicorn
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

We had a had a hard time finding the GIGANTIC Mission Trail Regional Park visitor center based on the address and out GPS navigation. Once we were there, we decided to try the climber's loop trail. The hike was a one mile steep/narrow trail on the side of the Kwaay Paay. You definitely need good hiking boots/shoes and patience to... More 

Thank ben s
San diego
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

The museum is quaint but well done with history on the gorge and the area. A great place to hike for all skill levels from 0.5 miles to about a 9 mile loop with nice challenging hills.

Thank SW D

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