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Father Junipero Serra Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 305 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

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Reviews (280)
Photos (451)
Recordings (330)
Completed (842)
Linda Torzsa
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Hiking

Was a nice walk. Would come back with my bike since it’s all paved.

Kim Paulsen
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Mountain biking

Pretty enough but ALL paved...walking on a road.

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Michael Bernhardt
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Minnie Ingles
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Hiking

It’s a very easy paved road, there is some shade. A lot of flowers, beautiful view. Just be careful we saw a rattlesnake.

Elz Bellz
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Hiking

Actually oak grove loop. But the ap doesn’t list it.

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Mary Li
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Hiking

This is a beautiful walk, but ever since it’s been reopened it’s packed with people blasting music and not social distancing. It’s sad how common this has become since trails have reopened. I used to come here during the week for peaceful walks, and now it’s packed even on a Monday.

Joe Pathuis
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Hiking

Super nice little easy walk. Mission trails all around is awesome!

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Adriana Alvarez
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Darleen Ledbetter
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Hiking

Paved roadway through mission trails. Perfect alternative when trails are wet.

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Marc Scott
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Sharon Martin
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Hiking

Paved road the entire way leads from the Visitor Center to the Campground. Beautiful scenery. Dog and kid friendly.

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Caleb Briggs
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RunningBugs

Great beginners running trail with some hills but nothing difficult. Lightly populated. There were some bugs and one got in my eye but I’m not going to take a star for my lack of preparation.

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Danny Chacon
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Hiking

Beautiful walk, beautiful scenery, easy paved trail with no elevation gain and not crowded at all. Dog friendly, plenty of spots to sit and take in the views. Hike can be as short or as long as you want it to be.

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Andrew Stanick
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Hiking

Great pathway for a relaxing stroll. Not so much a hike though. Walked through here at the right time and it felt amazing so relaxing. Expect crowds though

Riley Cervantes
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HikingNo shade

Get here early before it gets crowded or hot

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Danielle Ross-Haughn
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Hiking

I love this trail! Flat & paved beautiful views. Alongside dam. Easy for all.

Jason Grooms
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Hiking

This is a nice pedestrian-only road that follows the canyon that splits Kwaay Paay and South Fortuna, and follows the San Diego River on it’s way down to the city. It’s paved and can accommodate all skill levels including wheelchairs. I added in a quick detour up Climbers Loop on the way north and turned off at the Grinding Rocks trail on the way back to the visitor center. However, you can take the paved path the entire way.

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Oldschool73 San Diego
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Hiking

Had a good time checking out the mountains and watching rabbits run across the trail. A couple gentle hills made for a good walk. Started at 7am and only saw a handful of people on the way out and on the way in there were only a couple more. Saw three or four outhouses on the trail or just off. The one I choose was more than ready to be emptied. I will do this one again.

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Nanci M
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Hiking

Nice trail. Paved except for trails to Grinding rock and Old Mission Dam. Some shade in the early am. Fair amount of people but room for everyone.

G H.
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Hiking

Nice paved road for walking, running or bikes with mild changes in elevation. Benches and informational signs are available at various locations.

Nina Tomkiewicz
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Hiking

Nice walk through the park. It’s paved, but it’s a great way to see all the other trails which shoot off from this one. Saw a rattlesnake on my walk.

Missy Rooy
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Walking

Easy and relaxing and quite beautiful!

Diamante Picante
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First to Review

Chill. My toddler enjoys running around here and exercising her nature vocabulary.

Alex Koutsenok
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Hiking
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Nick Padron
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Road biking
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Kevin Lopez
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Hiking
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Alexis Garcia
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Hiking
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Sivaganesh Mullapudi
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Rock climbing
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AllTrails User
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Hiking
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Sandi Issa
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Hiking
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