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Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego

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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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  • We hiked, we climbed, we caught one snake and heard another. The paths range from easy to seriously challenging, so a map, a good pair of shoes, and some pre-planning are completely necessary.  more »
  • Mission Trails is an excellent place to get some exercise in San Diego. I have been told even Mick Jagger got a run in at Mission Trails when he was in town with the Stones.  more »
  • we started from the Parking Area and walked alone for a long time, nice valley. We had picnic near the  more »