Recently I became aware of the Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park:
I had seen some sunset pictures taken from up there. It’s about 10 miles inland and 1,000 feet above sea level, with views of downtown San Diego, Coronado, Point Loma, and the islands off the coast of Mexico, which are about 30 miles away.
A beautiful bridge welcomes you to the Rim Trail:
If you go at sunset—and I just got back—you can get some awesome pictures!
If you hike all the way to the end of the Rim Trail, you can get great pictures without utility poles and wires, but I happen to like the perspective with the utilities.
The trail is actually a well-maintained gravel road with slight elevation gain so it’s easy for adults, children, dogs, and bicyclists. When you park at the end of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, you’ve already done most of the elevation gain.
There is plenty of street parking, and there’s a parking lot as well, but it closes at 5:00 p.m., and they do mean 5:00 p.m. I think the Park Ranger gets there at 4:55 to warn people that the gates are closing promptly at 5:00. I could have sworn that he had a stop watch………..lol
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