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Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 110+ 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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  • 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, i...  read more »
  • I found out about this park via 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...  read more »
  • 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. 
  • Absolutely love mission trails. Miles and miles of awesome trails. Always be smart and bring water, know you're limits, and be safe. People have been life flighted out of the trails because they thought they would go for a quick hike and got lost.
  • I am a beginner hiker so take it all with a grain of salt. I know there are better trails, mtns, peaks, whatevers out there so I can't say with any honesty that this is worth a 5 star review, but in San Diego it has a pretty good list of things to see and do that are out of the house. San Diego is often a pretty hot place in the middle of the day so I always go really early, but that said depending on what you all beautiful there is a lot of brown.
  • One of the first places in San Diego that I fell on love with. There are many different terrains and difficulty levels of trails to explore. There is plenty of guidance along the way to keep you on the trail and away from the poison oak that is around. I have seen lots of wildlife including deer, rabbits and many types of bird. Local tip: Go early on the weekends and in the summer, it gets crowded and hot.
  • Wide open area for hiking, biking, and horse riding. It's a great place to get outdoors without traveling too far from the city. There is some wildlife here too. There are 5 main peaks to hike, with numerous trails to reach them. Some trails can be extremely crowded, but taking a different path can feel like true wilderness.
  • It s a great area to make a video with a complete stranger and accidently forgot to disconnect and gave the first copy away for fee!!! Oh well not the first time that was done hehe
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