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Mission Trails Regional Park

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Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
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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Fantastic hike

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank livend
Southern NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 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 

Thank Tom H
Charlestown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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 

Thank Geoff D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 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 18 May 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 

Thank mynahbird1
Lakeside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 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.

Thank ccrowe3
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 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

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