Mission Trails is a park that is known for one thing and one thing only: Cowles Mountain and that is a shame because while Cowles Mountain is pretty, it is only a small portion of the 5,800 acres of open space, and it is tucked away in the Southern corner of the park. The remainder of the park is a great example of preserved open space and a great spot to find solitude and serenity from the hustle and bustle of San Diego. Mission Trails is also a great spot to see how California used to look, as it is full of native California coastal vegetation that covers its hills and valleys; and it is a great spot to see how the seasons pass and have passed in the coastal desert plain for hundreds of years, with seasonal wildflowers and waterfalls in the winter and spring, and dry slickrock and whispering grasses in the summer and fall months. One of the best hikes to eperience all of the above – solitude, serenity, and seasonal features - is the Oak Canyon Trail and the best time to experience it is from November to May. However, no matter which time of year you hike this trail, you will see majestic oaks that have grown in the park for years, and survived due to the seasonal water that flows through the area.
January 19th, 2020
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