Best trails in Mission Trails Regional Park, California

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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 38 moderate trails in Mission Trails Regional Park ranging from 1.4 to 8 miles and from 295 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: 3.0 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 summits the highest point in the City of San Diego. Visitors will enjoy great views during the entire ascent but the summit offers 360 degree panoramic views of downtown San Diego, Mexico, North County and Orange County on a clear day.Show more
#2 - Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
#3 - Fortuna Mountain Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
#4 - Pyles Peak Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
#5 - 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
#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. 44 m
While this trail is short, it is difficult and is considered a level 3 difficult hike by Mission Trails. This route is for experienced hikers and mountain climbers, please see other options in the area if this is not for you.Show more
#8 - Oak Canyon to Grasslands Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#9 - South Fortuna Mountain Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 47 m
#10 - Visitor Center Loop Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 40 m
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