Located in Mission Trails Regional Park, the Visitor Center Loop Trail is a scenic hike perfect for families and all skill levels.

The Visitor Center Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile hike in San Diego that features river views and allows dogs.

This trail allows for the practice of a variety of activities: rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running, birding, camping horseback riding, and hiking. There are shady spots available every so often, but bring sun protection and extra water. The trail is well maintained and is open year-round.

Photos: Tristan Loper and Clark

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Snack
  • Map
  • Camera
  • Leash for your dog
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RT Distance 1.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 190 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby


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