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Mission Trails Regional Park

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Address: 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
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+1 619-668-3281
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Had a blast 5 peak challenge!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Andrew H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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!!

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Titusville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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.

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Southern NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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San diego
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank SW D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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 

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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 

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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.

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