Trail

Mission Trails: Visitor Center Loop to Grinding Rocks Trail

San Diego, CA
Length: 1.00 mi.

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

The Grinding Rocks Trail is a great toddler/kid friendly trail in Mission Trails Regional Park. The actual grinding rocks is an area covered with large boulders, shaded by large trees, located near the creek. The area gets its name from the holes in the rocks the Natives used to use to grind food. The area is great for kids to climb and play!

From the Mission Trails Visitor Center, take the Visitor Center Loop trail heading north. Continue on that until the trail intersects with Grinding Rocks Trail, and take the right fork. Continue on Grinding Rocks Trail until you reach an open area with large rocks. You have arrived! It is a great place to stop and relax before heading back. To get back to the Visitor Center you can either go back the way you came, continue on Grinding Rocks Trail until you hit Father Junipero Serra Trail and turn right, or you can take Grinding Rocks Trail back until you hit Visitor Center Loop and instead of going left back the way you came, you can turn right and complete the entire Visitor Center Loop. The trail has a moderate incline on the way back no matter which way you go, so younger kids may need to be carried out.

Restroom: There are bathrooms at the Visitor Center

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed Yes
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Rockclimbing, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Big rocks shaded by oak trees near the creek. Great place to relax and play!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park in the Visitor Center Parking Lot. The parking lot closes around sun down, so plan your hike accordingly.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Past HiB Orange County CA Branch Ambassador. Current HiB San Diego CA Branch Ambassador. Current National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.