Visitor Center Loop Trail

San Diego, CA
Length: 1.40 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

The Visitor Center Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile loop trail that starts from the Visitor Center in Mission Trails Regional Park. The trail doesn’t have much shade and can get very hot in summer months. Though the trail is considered easy, there is a large hill that may be too much for small feet. Leashed friendly dogs are welcome.

Park in the free Visitor Center parking lot. From there, walk toward the main road. You will see the trailhead to your left. Continue on the loop until you make it back to the parking lot. Roughly halfway you will find a very large oak tree that is perfect for climbing on and resting under the shade. If you want to make your hike longer, you can follow the signs to add a visit to the Grinding Rocks. Make sure to visit the Visitor Center after your hike, which has bathrooms, air conditioning, educational displays, a gift shop, and activities for kids!

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 160 ft.
Stroller friendly No
Stroller terrain No Wheels
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Tree Climbing, and Visitor Center

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

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