happyrock
3 years ago1,000+ Views
Southern California Hikes: Kwaay Paay, Mission Dam and Kumeyaay Lake
Modern Hiker is one of my favorite resources for discovering new hiking locations in areas I'll be traveling to! This time, I'm headed to San Diego, so I thought that I'd research what's in the area, and see if I can add on any side trips. Modern Hiker Stats: DISTANCE 5.3 miles, 2.2 for Kwaay Paay Peak, 1.3 for Kumeyaay Lake, and 2.8 for the Grasslands/Mission Dam Loop. ELEVATION GAIN 900 ft, 800' for Kwaay Paay, but about a 100' for Grasslands and nothing for the lake TIME 3 hours, About 1.5 hours for Kwaay Paay, one hour for the Grasslands, and 45 minutes for the lake DIFFICULTY Moderate SEASON All HOW TO GET THERE Take Highway 52 east toward El Cajon and exit at Mast Boulevard. Turn left onto Mast, and then make a right turn onto Mission Gorge Road. Bear right when Mission Gorge Road splits off into Junipero Serra Road. The parking lot will be on your left just after turning onto Junipero Serra. Detailed driving directions » PUBLIC TRANSIT DIRECTIONS You can take the Green Line east from downtown to Santee Town Center. From there, take the 834 westbound bus to the Mission Gorge/West Hills Parkway stop. From there, walk .2 miles to the parking lot where this hike begins. Visit their walkthru for the full details on how to see the best sites in your hike. I'm going to take a more free approach and "make my own trail" as I follow along; hopefully I'll get to see it all!
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Too far for me, but those looks like really nice day hikes! Not too long, and you'd get to see some sweet scenery judging by the photos.
3 years ago·Reply
Sounds like you have a lot of ground to cover! I look forward to hearing about your experience.
3 years ago·Reply
Where do you find all of this info when you go on trips? I want to research my area so I can find some trails that are more my level :) @happyrock
3 years ago·Reply
@onesmile I usually just google the area I'm going to and then popular hikes or trail hikes and then browse blog posts from there!
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