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Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego

(4.4/5 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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  • 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 V...  more »
  • The Park offers well-signposted hiking trails, which are mostly rather flat and require therefore no hiking boots and are suitable for everyone. At least, that affects the paths around the visitors center.
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  • 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 fu...  more »