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Mission Trails

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

Windy up and down and all around. Make your own trail. Bunches of legs that all run together.
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Latitude
32.8334428466495
Longitude
-117.0538330078125
Trail Directions
Mission Gorge Rd to Father Junipero Serra Tr. Park in the empte dirt lot. Cross over the creek bridge and your there.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Santee
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Review Date
April 15, 2017

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: richj8990 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is only for the stuff north of I-52, by far the best trails to be had IMHO. See driving directions below. For the first set of trails in the Mast Blvd. / Mission Gorge Blvd. option, just head either west then north, or basically north. You will need a smartphone map to see where to go, and heed the warnings about going on Govt. property (although after 5 PM I doubt they will do anything, but still best to do nothing more than skirt their property). There are a few ways to get north of I-52, one way being (and you have to look on the phone map) winding your way Northeast until you get to the base of a pretty big hill, that has an information post there, take a right through the tall bushes and under the freeway. There are a couple of trails heading northeast from this trail that will not cross Govt. Property, and a couple more that will just cross over a bit. The other way is just head North through the main dirt road under I-52. From there you will see a few different roads and eventually trails that go Northwest. They are a lot of fun, you should definitely try them. The 2nd area off Magnolia is in the "Other trails you can recommend" below.

Recommended Route:
Unfortunately most of it is private property/military property. Two main places to go. First place you start at is either the parking lot at Mast Blvd. and I-52 or you can get off that exit, go down to Mission Gorge, take a right on that street and then another right to a long parking area on both sides to park. 2nd main place (and this is private property, but not a big deal) is to go I-52 to Magnolia, left, go all the way to the end and see Princess Joanna Dr(?), left on that, all the way to the end, 1/2 way up the hill and park. Keep low profile for this 2nd and very special area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
THIS IS THE COOLEST AREA IN THE COUNTY!!! This is the 2nd option for I-52 - Magnolia - Princess Joanne. Remember this is private property but I don't think anyone that parks there is going to have a problem. It's not like the owner has a ranch house behind the hill and is sitting there with a shotgun or anything. However, remember that you are on the border of Santee and Lakeside here, and parking on streets like Summit is kind of dicey. The kinfolk on that street don't take kindly to city slickers if you know what I mean. After parking on the west end of Princess Joanna, go North, ignore the barking dog, Take the trail under the old power line support, merge with the dirt road, go North/NW not West, and get more or less on top of the hill. Many ways to go after this. Southwest is a great downhill trail, West is a rocky dirt road, Northwest brings you into the Sycamore Canyon meadow with a gazillion trails, also BMX/boulder jumps, etc. Northeast is the "high anxiety" ridge trail, great trail. Try this area for sure and you'll see.



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Review Date
October 30, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Allrotor13b ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This is a haven of trails that range from a paved road to some super-gnarly rock garden downhill sections. It can be ridden 1,000,000 different ways.
It does, however, tend to lend itself to the XC crowd. Nothing incredibly technical to be found here, but very enjoyable if you live close by. A true gem and a blessing.

Recommended Route:
Go explore! The most technical riding is found around the north Fortuna mountain.



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Review Date
August 15, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jouster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've been riding this trail since 1990. This was before 52 was built through it and the Navy controlled everything east of where 52 is now (and didn't care who rode on it).

After 52 came in, we regulary used the wildlife crossing west of the canyon to access military land.

Took a ride out there last weekend and discovered a few things:
- The north side of the wildlife tunnel is blocked off by chain-link fencing and barbed wire.
- The passage to the canyon along the south side fence of 52 is treacherous. Exposed bedrock on very steep rain gutted trails is a true adventure even to walk down.

Other than that, it's a good ride. The ride around the mountain, across the damn and back up the trial from Jackson was 9.4 miles with 1250 ft of elevation gain/loss.

Recommended Route:
Anything that avoids the south side fence along 52.



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Review Date
April 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ljfreerider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I used to live in Scripps Ranch and started from the opposite end. It is awesome! Choose wherever you want to go! There are literally hundreds of miles of trails out there. Just watch out for the army guys! I once was on foot back there when a buggy came by and i instinctivly ran behind a tree and they got pretty pissed off. lol

You guys should definetly try this!



Comments
gmarchie12 (06/22/2009)
you mean hiding behind trees and pissing off army guys?

i think i will stick with biking
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Review Date
January 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: sjordan72 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The recent storms have obliterated the east end of Mission Trails. Most of the singletrack out under the 52 towards Miramar has been wiped out by water. 2-4 foot dropoffs are common where the singletrack used to be. Water, water everywhere for now. The good news is that its nice and green. A 2 hour ride became a 4 hour adventure. Take care and have fun.



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