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Recommended Routes in Mission Trails Regional Park - 4

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Favorite Partial panorama at the top of Pyles Peak. You can see Cowles Mountain at the right side of the photo.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Three Peak Out-and-Back

5.8 mi 9.4 km 1,772' Up 540.24 m Up 1,772' Down 540.18 m Down

La Mesa, CA
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Favorite South Fortuna from Visitor Center loop
Intermediate Intermediate

Mission Trails Loops

11.1 mi 17.9 km 1,593' Up 485.66 m Up 1,581' Down 482.01 m Down

La Mesa, CA
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Favorite Looking North East from the top of Cowles Mountain. The trail that can be seen is the service road.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Cowles Mountain Backside Loop

3.0 mi 4.8 km 874' Up 266.28 m Up 877' Down 267.18 m Down

La Mesa, CA
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Favorite Top of South Fortuna summit views
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Fortunas Loop CCW from Tierrasanta

6.9 mi 11.1 km 1,369' Up 417.33 m Up 1,369' Down 417.3 m Down

La Mesa, CA
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Mission Trails Regional Park Running

  • 49 Miles 79 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 17 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 35 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 10 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Mission Trails Regional Park - 58

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1.3 mi 2.0 km #1Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA 24 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #2Mesa Trail
Difficult Difficult
Santee, CA
Difficult Difficult
Santee, CA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #3Grinding Rocks Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
La Mesa, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
La Mesa, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #4Cowles Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
La Mesa, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
La Mesa, CA 21 
1.7 mi 2.8 km #5South Fortuna Trail
Difficult Difficult
Santee, CA
Difficult Difficult
Santee, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #6Pyles Peak Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
La Mesa, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
La Mesa, CA
1.0 mi 1.5 km #7North Fortuna Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA
0.8 mi 1.2 km #8Climbers Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA
2.6 mi 4.2 km #9Father Junipero Serra Trail
Easy Easy
La Mesa, CA
Easy Easy
La Mesa, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #10Big Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Santee, CA

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A few steps from the Barker Way trailhead and wildflowers begin to appear.
Apr 23, 2015 near La Mesa, CA
Evening view from "The Balcony" on the Cowles Mountain Service Road. Looking northeast towards Santee.
May 11, 2015 near La Mesa, CA
Looking North East from the top of Cowles Mountain. The trail that can be seen is the service road.
Jun 29, 2015 near La Mesa, CA
Partial panorama at the top of Pyles Peak. You can see Cowles Mountain at the right side of the photo.
Jun 29, 2015 near La Mesa, CA
View of San Diego
Jul 1, 2015 near La Mesa, CA
One of the bridges in Oak Canyon Trail
Jul 15, 2020 near Santee, CA
One of the easier spots on Climber's Loop.
Feb 7, 2021 near Santee, CA
Old Mission Dam hike with Sami
May 8, 2022 near Santee, CA

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