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Mission Trails: Kwaay Paay Summit - San Diego, CA

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Distance: 2.5 miles


Kwaay Paay, (meaning Leader in the Kumeyaay language) at 1194 ft. is 4th highest within the park. But many who climb it are in agreement that Kwaay Paay‰Ûªs 1.1 mile trail and 865‰Ûª of vertical climb, is arguably first in difficulty! DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: From Route 52 - Take 52 to the Mast Blvd. exit in Santee. Driving east, turn left onto Mast Blvd., go under the freeway to the first traffic signal (West Hills Parkway) and turn right. Driving west, turn right onto Mast Blvd. and right onto West Hills Parkway. Take West Hills Parkway to Mission Gorge Road and turn right. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road 0.2 miles and turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. From Route 125 - Take 125 north to Mission Gorge Road and turn left. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road 0.2 miles and turn right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. From Interstate 8 - Take 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road 6.5 miles to the northern (Kumeyaay Lake) entrance to Father Junipero Serra Trail. Turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Parking is available in the dirt lot at Bushy Hill Drive 0.2 miles down and along Father Junipero Serra Trail. The trail head is on the south side of Father Junipero Serra Trail, about 0.2 miles west of the entrance to Kumeyaay Lake and Campground.

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