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!