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Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

Mission Trails Regional Park

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

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  • Sign at the Kwaay Paay Peak Trailhead.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • California buckwheat in full bloom.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • The trail gains elevation steadily.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • Close up of a butterfly along the Kwaay Paay Peak Trail. - Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • Flowers in bloom along the Kwaay Paay Peak Trail.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • The last leg of the hike is the hardest.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • There are stairs going up the last quarter mile.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • The summit of Kwaay Paay Peak.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • The trail follows a fence for part of the hike.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • Flowers in bloom along the Kwaay Paay Peak Trail.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • On a clear day you can see downtown from the summit.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • Flowers in bloom along the Kwaay Paay Peak Trail.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • View coming down on the east side of Kwaay Paay Peak.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
  • View of the Kwaay Paay Peak Trail.- Kwaay Paay Peak Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Wildflowers. Solitude.
Cons: 
Slippery gravel at times. Little shade.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
350 ft (107 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
850 ft (259 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Clear throughout the day.
97°F
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Tue

Clear throughout the day.
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Wed

Breezy in the morning.
97°F
70°

Thu

Clear throughout the day.
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64°

Fri

Clear throughout the day.
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Sat

Clear throughout the day.
90°F
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Sun

Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
86°F
55°
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Hike Description

Hike Description

Pro Contributor

Kwaay Paay Peak is a must-do hike in San Diego. Located within Mission Trails Regional Park, it is conveniently close to downtown. The trail is moderately challenging as there is an elevation gain of nearly 900 feet, and it is quite steep for the majority of the 1.2-mile trek up to the summit. The last leg of the hike is definitely the toughest, but it is well worth it for the view. For about the last quarter mile there are stairs going up the mountain. The incline slowly levels off until you reach a clearing, and at the top you will be rewarded with a scenic view of the Mission Gorge to the west and the Fortuna Mountains to the north. On a clear day you can even see downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Point Loma, and the ocean. During the spring and summer there are a variety of wildflowers in bloom, most notably the foothill penstemon, California buckwheat, and California poppy.

This hike is best done in the morning before it gets too hot. In addition, the entrance gate locks at 7 p.m. during daylight savings time and at 5 p.m. during the winter.

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