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Best trails in La Mesa

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Looking for a great trail near La Mesa, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Border Field State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lake Poway Park or El Capitan County Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in La Mesa ranging from 3 to 10.2 miles and from 321 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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Map of trails in La Mesa
Top trails (11)
#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 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 - Lake Murray Trail
Lake Murray Community Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
This trail is within Mission Trails Regional Park and goes around Lake Murray. The Lake is a popular destination open seven days a week for fishing, boating, walking, jogging, biking, and picnicking. There are 64 picnic tables and 10 barbecues along the lake. Boats are available to rent on a first-come-first-served basis at the Concessions stand. You can also purchase fishing licenses here. There are bathrooms by the marina. Dogs must be at least 50 feet from the water and are not allowed on boats. Accessibility: This trail is paved, smooth, typically over five feet wide, and flat with a max grade of 2%. The parking and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.Show more
#3 - South Fortuna Mountain and Fortuna Saddle Loop
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
NOTE: As of July 2020, users have reported that there are closures along this loop due to construction. These closure are only in effect on weekdays. Please check with the park for more information.Show more
#4 - Fortuna Saddle, Suycott Valley and Rim Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
As of July 23, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#5 - Rim Trail, Shepherd Pond Loop and North Fortuna Perimeter Trail
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#6 - Mount Helix
Mount Helix County Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 9 m
#7 - SD Aqueduct, Rim, E-Ticket, Suycott Valley and South Trail Loop
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
NOTE: As of July 2020, a significant portion of this loop is closed for construction. This closure mostly affects the western side of the loop. Please check with the park for updates. This is the route to E-Ticket from the Tierrasanta entrance.Show more
#8 - Quarry Loop to MTRP Visitor Center
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
#9 - Rim Trail to North Fortuna Mountain and South Fortuna Mountain
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
#10 - Navajo - Rancho Mission Canyon Path
Rancho Mission Canyon Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 57 m
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