Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Places to Run in San Diego: Mission Trails

One of the best things about moving back has been getting reacquainted with amazing running locations. There are so many great places to break a sweat around here. It makes me fall in love with San Diego just a little bit more every time I get to visit new running routes. This past week I took my running shoes to a brand new place: Mission Trails.

Mission Trails is actually a regional park that is 7,220 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. It has rugged hills, valleys and open areas. It is located in central San Diego, only eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego.  Mission Trails Regional Park is a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle. 

With beautiful views you can easily fall in love with this place. But if you are not into running there are still other things that can be done here. There is a campground where you can camp over night on Friday and Saturday. There are great trails that can be used for great hikes and for mountain biking. There are about 25 hikes to explore and they are categorized by difficulty.

If you are going for the first time, I would highly recommend stopping by the visitor center. There you can get great information about the park and be directed on the right path. If you park in the parking lot there though, just be warned the gate closes at 5pm every day. There is always parking on the street if you wish to stay later.  

Just a few recommendations while visiting the park:
  • Stay in the marked, designated paths.
  • Always bring your phone and water with you.
  • Please be kind and don't liter or feed the wildlife.
  • Use the restroom at the visitor center or go before (unless you wish to use the porta potties on the trails).
  • If you take your dog, please make sure they are on a leash and please clean up after them.

But honestly the views make this place so amazing!

I have barely started to explore this place, but I know I will be running here a lot more! Can't wait to check out new trails and get a few good hikes for some cross-training. 

Do you like to cross train with hiking? 
Do you have a favorite running location?

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  1. It looks so beautiful there! I want to go!

  2. Wow! That looks absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing! :)

  3. This trail looks so hilly and has lots of different types of terrain. And, cool that you can camp there,too!

  4. Oh my goodness!!! What a spectacularly beautiful park and gorgeous post this was! You're seriously blessed to be able to run in such a lovely place!!

  5. This looks amazing! I have only hiked on a trail like this one time but would definitely consider doing it again!

  6. This looks amazing! I have only hiked on a trail like this one time but would definitely consider doing it again!