Mission Trails Regional Park

San Diego, California 92142

Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails Regional Park Professional Review and Guide

"This is a good choice for those of you stuck in the city. Just 8 miles from downtown San Diego, this 5700 acre tract is one of the largest urban parks in the country. It's excellent for intermediate riders, but advanced riders can challenge themselves by climbing up the various peaks in the park."

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"Situated in Mission Trails Regional Park, this ride allows cyclists to experience both San Diego's past and future in a fun 8.1-mile loop. The past is represented by the Old Mission Dam, an edifice that has survived since Father Junipo Serra started an Catholic mission here in the early 1800s. the future, meanwhile, is epitomized by the recent expansion of Highway 52 along the park's northern border, a development that will allow San Diego, like its cousin Los Angeles, to continue spreading inland during the new millennium. Bicycle here an you'll feel like a true local immediately."

"Located central San Diego County in the city of Tierra Santa. Highlights: Fun trails not far from the heart of San Diego. Lots more trails to explore. Hazards: Very hot in the summer. Rattlesnakes."

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This large urban park has something for most riders: flat, wide trails through grasslands, water crossings, and hill climbing and descents on three separate peaks. Most of the trails are fire roads, with a smattering of single track. Some of the fire trails are stony and rutted, increasing the skill level needed to ride them. The terrain is pretty and the views from the peaks are worth the effort to reach them. There is a visitor center and ample parking, restrooms and water are available. Trail maps are free at the visitor's center. I am guessing that this trail gets hot during the summer, so an early start would be in order.

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Trail Information

San Diego
Nearby City
980 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Year round
Mission Trails Regional Park 619-668-3275
Local Contacts
Pick up a map at the Visitor Center
Local Maps

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Oct 2018