Father Junipero Serra Trail Canicross (Run/Walk)

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope I'm in the right place.

    November 5, 2012

  • Melanie J.

    Sorry, we were on our way but 52 was a parking lot so after 20 minutes of barely moving I gave up and headed home. Didn't have a number or I would have called to let you know we wouldn't make it.

    November 5, 2012

  • Chelly W.

    GREAT location as I am in East County but I know I'm not up to a run so hopefully next East County event will be just a walk. Have fun & we'll catch ya next time.

    October 29, 2012

    • Mirelle

      Chelly, chances are most people will be walking. Usually only one or two people will run with me. Most everyone else does walk. Some times I even end up walking because everyone else is walking, and sometimes it's just because I've got some good conversation. I mostly just want to get my dogs out. I like to run so I can get some exercise as well, but weekday events are very laid back and easy going.

      November 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    as it is getting darker sooner, and daylight savings ends this sunday, is there anyway to make it earlier? i am new to the group, but am not sure i want to walk/jog in the dark on a new trail... :)

    November 1, 2012

    • Mirelle

      Thanks for reminding me about daylight savings...I did forgot about that. Usually went I host things during the week I typically give myself a 15-20 buffer in case I get out of work late, which seems to happen everytime I have something planned after work. I already took that buffer out since it was getting darker earlier. We'll be on the main trail which is paved. I will recommend brining a headlamp or flash light. The trail is 4 miles round trip so it's not that long. As long as wee stay together, which we will, we will be just fine!

      November 1, 2012

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