Father Junipero Serra Trail

San Diego, California 92120

Father Junipero Serra Trail

Father Junipero Serra Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Mission Gorge is arguably the most spectacular topographical feature in the city of San Diego. On both sides of the gorge, walls rise several hundred feet at a nearly 45-degree pitch. From a geological perspective, the gorge was carved out by the “mighty” San Diego River—mighty during Pleistocene times, anyway.

The water kept eroding its way through a rising block of tough igneous rock for millions of years. The surrounding granitic peaks—South Fortuna Mountain to the north and Kwaay Paay Peak to the south—were formed more than 100 million years ago from molten rock created deep underground through plate tectonics as the Farallon ocean plate slid beneath the light North American continental plate."

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Trail Information

San Diego
Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
300 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Dec 2018