Sunset from the Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

The Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park

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Recently I became aware of the Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park:

Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

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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.

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A beautiful bridge welcomes you to the Rim Trail:

Bridge to the Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

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If you go at sunset—and I just got back—you can get some awesome pictures!

Sunset from the Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

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Sunset from the Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Sunset from the Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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.

Sunset from the Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

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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.

Rim Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, California

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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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