Looking for a great trail in Mission Trails Regional Park, California? AllTrails has 51 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 31 moderate trails in Mission Trails Regional Park ranging from 1.4 to 8.2 miles and from 288 to 1,587 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Mission Trails is an open space preserve located a short 8 miles outside of downtown San Diego. The park is the one of largest urban parks in the United States with over 7,000 acres of open space. With its 60+ miles of hiking trails and mountain bike trails, rock climbing opportunities, camping areas such as Kumeyaay Lake Campground, and Lake Murray for boating, this park truly has something for everyone. The park can be accessed from Father Junipero Serra Trail off of Mission Gorge Road. Visitors should be sure to check out the state-of-the-art visitor and interpretive center prior to heading into the park. The park has trails for every level of ability whether you are walking, running, hiking, or mountain biking. The visitor center loop trail is a great option for families. For more experienced hikers looking for a challenging adventure, sign up for the 5 peak challenge, which climbs all 5 peaks in the park, Cowles Mountain (the highest point in San Diego), Pyles Peak, Kwaay Paay Peak, South Fortuna, and North Fortuna. Make sure to take a selfie at each of the 5 peaks and once you are done and then to submit your challenge so it can be reviewed by a park ranger. Once approved, you can stop by the visitor center to pick up your official certificate! The park is home to plenty of wildlife - excellent for birdwatchers. This is a great place to escape from the urban life into nature without having to drive very far.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
rocky
washed out
13 hours ago

This hike is 8+ miles. Super hard plus it rained and everything became mud. Went north to south thankfully because coming down south fortuna sucked hard. If you’re looking for a hard work out this is it.

Flowwrs are in bloom! Nice trail if you need to work on increasing speed, or have a leisurely walk.

Love this trail. Easy, many wild flowers, lots of green, not crowded. Great views!

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Very good hike, nothing special but nice for the area and close to San Diego. I used the app to monitor my route, as it was very easy to turn in a different direction and follow another trail. I also saw a rattle snake which was on my trail path heading down, it was about 4-5 feet from me.

on Cowles Mountain Trail

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Too many exhausted dogs, one broard even tried to drag her dog, but it refused to get up. This trail needs a Ranger at the top to monitor mentally challenged pet owners. 03/16/19

Good workout but definitely the most crowded out of the 5 peaks.

One of the best workouts in San Diego. Barker Way trail to Cowles is well maintained and not as busy as the main trail. Once you summit Cowles the trail to Pyles Peak is really quiet. Be prepared for a LOT of down and up on the way out and the same on the way back! Well worth the extra effort to escape the crowds on Cowles.

Nice way to Cowles. Less trafficked than other routes.

Great cardio with excellent panoramic views at the peak. Relatively crowded with parking at a premium on weekends.

trail running
no shade
4 days ago

Very crowded.

Perfect weather today for this hike. There are wildflowers everywhere! I recommend getting out there!

The poppies were blooming by Pyles peak. We did this trail with our 35lb packs to train for the trans-Catalina trail. Very crowded on a weekend.

love this hike, its short but tough

This was a wonderful trail to start your hiking habit on! Beautiful surroundings, plenty of shady spots to stop and rest under, and the small river was refreshing to see. Nice and easy walking, a few rocky parts but nothing too challenging. We will definitely return soon!

Another great day. There is about 3 feet of water on either side of the bridge. Gonna have to jump if you don’t want feet getting wet.

hiking
6 days ago

THIS IS NOT THE RIM TRAIL!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a combination of multiple trails. Pay very close attention to the app to walk this trail properly. Or else you will not be on it if you fillow the actual Rim Trail signs that are all over the place. This trail name is very misleading.

Go extra early to beat the crowds and watch the sun rise. It’s absolutely beautiful.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

Love the extra addition this gives to the Cowles hike. I had a little trouble finding the Pyles Peak trail head. When you get to the top of Cowles go to the left down some wooden steps onto a service road, then keep heading left. It’s a little bit hidden but there’s a sign. The wildflowers are beautiful near Pyles right now!

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

I had a fantastic time on this hike, but agree with the difficulty rating. A lot of the trail is washed out or needing some restoration. I FOR SURE would have gotten lost without the app as there are tons of trails in the park that often meet each other in a three to four way point. Glad I went north to south as the incline going down the south side made me grateful I wasn’t going up it! Beautiful views all along this rugged trail. It’s very rocky and muddy at places so wear appropriate shoes. I completed the trail in 2 hours, but didn’t stop at the top and jogged the downhill parts. Budget at least 2-3 hours even if you’re in good cardio shape. It wasn’t too hot but I still used a little over 1 liter of water. It’s very sunny with little shade so wear sunscreen! Enjoy!

It is my second times been to South Fortuna, worthy well hiking. I walked and muddy ground from raining but sunny day. Awesome hike today

worthy well hiking, hard long uphill make me sweat. it is well worthy

hiking
9 days ago

A little hard to follow if you don’t have the map out. Got off trail a couple times. Absolutely beautiful views and so many wild flowers.

This trail was beautiful beyond words! The flowers in bloom are EVERYWHERE! Poppies just gorgeous and against the green everywhere the flowers explode! There are two summits you hit! South Fortuna summit and North Fortuna Summit. Staircase up the mountain is pretty darn difficult but challenging! After that it’s just all uphill! Finally after North summit the downhill begins through gorgeous meadows. This is a top fave hike for me! Came out to about 7 miles for us!

awesome walking hike I really enjoyed. it is hard walk long uphill. But it is worthy.

hiking
10 days ago

Good trail for spring or fall, long and mostly unprotected. Close to populated areas. Not recommended for the summer.
Theres an East Fortuna and West Fortuna trail. Together they amount to about 16 miles of hiking.

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

As of 3/10/19 wildflowers were amazing! You can also observe california puppy flowers. We entered from clerimont mesa entrance and the total trip was 5.9 miles

Great for taking kids! It would also be ideal for a short workout, especially if trail running.

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