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Best trails in Mission Trails Regional Park

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Looking for a great trail in Mission Trails Regional Park, California? AllTrails has 58 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 39 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!
Description

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.

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Top trails (58)
#1 - Cowles Mountain Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
The scenic pathway up Cowles Mountain is one of the most popular trails in San Diego County. The trailhead starts in the San Carlos neighborhood on the corner of Golfcrest Drive and Navajo Road and suShow more
#2 - Fortuna Mountain Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
NOTE: As of July 2020, the trailhead parking is closed due to COVID-19. You may still street park and use this trail.Show more
#3 - Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Kwaay Paay Peak Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santee, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#4 - South Fortuna Trail and Fortuna Saddle Trail Loop
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
This is a perfect 10k loop that starts and ends at the Visitors Center parking lotShow more
#5 - Pyles Peak Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
Pyles Peak Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#6 - Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Please note that there have been closures reported for this trail. Please check in advance before hiking. Show more
#7 - Climbers Loop Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
Climbers Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#8 - Oak Canyon to Grasslands Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Oak Canyon to Grasslands Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, ruShow more
#9 - Oak Canyon
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Oak Canyon is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
#10 - Visitor Center Loop Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 40 m
Visitor Center Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
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