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Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego

(4.5/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses over 6,100 acres of both natural and developed recreational acres. Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542.

Centrally located and only eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park provides a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

Mission Trails Regional Park has been called the third Jewel in the City of San Diego Park System. Along with Balboa Park and Mission Bay, it provides San Diego residents and visitors a way to explore the cultural, historical, and recreational aspects of San Diego.

Started in 1974, Mission Trails Regional Park has become one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Originally used by the Kumeyaay, the park is the site of the Old Mission Dam, built to store water for the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

With over 40 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, camping at Kumeyaay Lake, numerous informative hikes, and a state-of-the-art Visitor & Interpretive Center, Mission Trails Regional Park has something to offer everyone.
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TripAdvisor
  • A great place for walkers and an active lifestyle. You can organize and, as far as I understood. Entrance free!
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  • 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. Ov...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • I hike this trail weekly. It's a bit busy on the weekends, but there a few trails to choose from with gorgeous views and nice wide trails. This place is one of my favorites. Clean bathrooms and a nice water fountain for the dogs at the beginning of the trail is convenient. Typically you can find parking closer by too.
  • Great for walking, running or biking. I see lots of people walking dogs (however i love to see more people picking up after their dogs) and even see people bird watching. My personal favorite is bike riding. Lots of trails of easy to difficult terrain to test your mettle. ..i never get tired of the place. I'd give it five stars if it wasn't for the constant dog poop bags on trail....but other than that....great place.
  • This is an excellent hiking park with plenty of nature. I like to go over to the (Santee - Eastern) side, where you can see the original Padres Dam and a section of the San Diego River. Most of the time it's not too crowded and they have pretty convenient parking.
  • My fiance and I live only 2 miles away from Mission Trails Regional Park and we make weekly visits with our dogs. The trails are gorgeous, with spectacular views, and while there are easy trails, the "difficult" trails really are difficult, so we can get good hikes in. Hikers, runners, and bikers share the trails nicely-I've never had any issues with anyone while hiking or biking here. Dogs are allowed on leash, and it's a great place to come with your dog. Our favorite trail is the South Fortuna Summit, but truly, the entire park is great!
  • Did the 5 peak challenge. Started at 5:45 am and finished around 2:30. It's about 18-21 miles total depending on which trails you take Beautiful views of the city, the ocean, and the mountains. The hikes weren't too difficult, but the sun was brutal on the north and south ridge trail.