Let's meet at Mission Trails in Santee for an evening Canicross (Run/Walk) session. We'll be staying on the main trail, which is Father Junipero Trail.
From the Visitor Center Parking lot to the Bushy Trails Parking is just under 4 miles. The main trail is marked every half mile so you will be able to turn around sooner if you need to, although this is a gorgeous trail, mostly shaded by the mountains! You also won't want to miss seeing the Old Mission Dam, which is a nationally registered Historical Landmark.
Directions: From Interstate 8 - Take 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road for 4.2 miles. Just past the Jackson Drive intersection, look for the large wooden park sign on Mission Gorge Road. Turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail.
From Route 52 - Take 52 east to the Mast Blvd. exit in Santee. Turn left on Mast Blvd., go under the freeway to the first traffic signal (West Hills Parkway) and turn right. Take West Hills Parkway to Mission Gorge Road and turn right. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road 2.4 miles (past the Father Junipero Serra Trail entrance to Old Mission Dam and Kumeyaay Lake and Campground). Look for the large wooden park sign on Mission Gorge Road. Turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail.
Note: There are two Father Junipero Serra Trail entrances off Mission Gorge Rd. One entrance is near the Visitor's Center and the second is near the Dam. For this meet up we will be meeting by the Visitor's Center.
Also, I forgot Sunday is daylight savings. Be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight, as it probably will be dark most of the way.