Looking for a great trail in Mission Trails Regional Park, California? AllTrails has 52 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 34 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.

an excellent route that encourages and relaxes has its own mountain, very beautiful views of Lake Murray

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no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Better and more peaceful than just Cowles.

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rocky
2 days ago

Great trail! Dogs are fine. We had three with us(might be harder for little dogs, lots of jumping for them). I recommend hiking shoes, because of the incline going up and down the rocky area.

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scramble
washed out
2 days ago

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rocky
3 days ago

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no shade
rocky
3 days ago

Took this trail with my 12 year old. Great work out. It offers a difficult and moderate option. It was very busy, but it was amazing weather for a hike.

This was a little tougher than I expected. No flat areas just up and downs. Start early and bring lots of water. After you get through the first mile it’s a really enjoyable climb. The climb to the peak is very steep with stairs cut into the trail. Challenging and very nice hike overall. Not crowded at all on an early Sunday.

Super crowded and lots of people blaring their speakers. There’s also dog poo everywhere and bags of dog poo left on the trail. Good workout, but there are so many more less crowded trails around.

on Grasslands Loop Trail

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bugs
4 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful scenery. Definitely start South and end North.

Beautiful panoramic views of San Diego and the surrounding areas. Hike early, the sun can make it pretty hot and there’s zero shade. Decent ascent but well worth it for the view.

Great little trail, awesome alternative to the circus going on on cowles main trail, barker trail ends and leaves you on said three ring circus for the last switchbacks, circus ends at Pyles trailhead, in the summer I have seen more snakes here then any other trail in the park so bring the kids! Jk, it’s totally safe. Some uncanny views from all over this trail. Pyles is uphill both ways so be prepared!

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no shade
5 days ago

Great trail/hike. Bring extra water as the trail is exposed and has minimal if any shade.

Probably easiest way to hit south and north fortuna, yet very challenging, especially up the saddle trail and the east side of north, total leg burners, totally worth it, 100% AWESOME!!!

Just as awesome in the daytime, great leg burner near the top! Beautiful views and friendly hikers! 5/5

The cold air in the morning made it real difficult going up the stairs

nice scenic route, decent workout.

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over grown
rocky
6 days ago

I did this via North Perimeter trail to North Fortuna Trail to saddle so inverse of the map above. This made the walk to the peak the hardest in the entire regional park in my opinion because you’re starting out with a yo-yoing up and down in elevation while you head along the 52. At one point I thought I had to turn around because it looks like the trail runs into a locked gate heading onto the 52, but if you walk to the gate there’s a path that tunnels through the overgrowth and connects to North Fortuna Trail. Once you hit the peak the walk back is pretty straight forward. The Canyon Trail along the dried creek bed is a pretty cool portion of the park.

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no shade
washed out
6 days ago

A perfect post work hike to fit in before sunset. The least trafficked of the 5 peaks in the area as well. The trail is pretty ho-hum and washed out pretty badly until the last .25 miles when it gets much steeper and you get views to the West. The growth is pretty tall at the end, it doesn’t make the trail inaccessible but it does feel like you’re in a bit of a tunnel until you get to the summit.

This trail is the best! My sister and I come here 3 days a week at sunset!

Great trail with some really cool scenery, the fortuna saddle road going up to the saddle from oak canyon is pretty brutal at some points, start the south side of north from the saddle for a real leg burner, south fortuna is cake, great windown hike. Great way to get in uphill shape! Saw like zero people

Nice short trail run High intensity uphill, beautiful views of San Diego and awesome technical downhill

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