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Explore the Outdoors at Mission Trails Regional Park

Posted on 21 Jan, 2020

Love the outdoors? Mission Trails Regional Park was made for you. Encompassing more than 7,000 acres, Mission Trails is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Thousands of hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and nature lovers visit the park each year.

When you live at Weston in Santee, getting to Mission Trails couldn’t be easier. You can access a pathway from both West Hills Park and the future park at the north end of Weston. Ready to start exploring? Here are a few things you can do at Mission Trails. Don’t forget your water!

Take a Hike
With more than 60 miles of trails, Mission Trails is a hiker’s dream. Whether you’re looking to take an easy walk with the family or get your heart pumping with a more difficult climb, you have plenty of options. The Cowles Mountain Trail is especially popular due to the 360-degree panoramic views of San Diego at the top. Looking to really challenge yourself? Take the 5-Peak Challenge and receive a certificate and logo pin proving you’ve hiked to the summit of all five mountains in the park.

Fish, Float or Boat
Lake Murray is located within Mission Trails and offers a number of ways to enjoy the water. If you like to fish, throw a line in for largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, black crappie and trout (license required and limits enforced). Prefer being out on the water? Launch your own water craft or rent a small boat or kayak. When you’re ready for a break, purchase snacks or drinks at the concession stand or grill up your own tasty meal at one of the 10 available barbeques. Note: Swimming isn’t allowed and dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Go on a Nature Walk
Want to learn about the birds and wildlife that call Mission Trails home? Take a guided nature walk and discover the unique history and natural beauty of the park. Experienced trail guides will lead you on an exploration of the flora and fauna of the area as well as some of the historical sites within the park, including the Old Mission Dam. Sunscreen and sturdy shoes are recommended.

Pitch a Tent
Backyard camping takes on a whole new meaning when you live at Weston in Santee. The Kumeyaay Lake Campground is just a few miles away from West Hills Park, providing a convenient location for your next camping trip. The campground is open for day use Monday through Thursday and overnight use Friday and Saturday. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis (credit or debit card required), and a small fee applies.

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