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Old Mission Dam - April 2010

Old Mission Dam on the San Diego River

North east end of Father Junipero Serra Trail

This is a nationally registered historic landmark and a starting point for hikes into Oak Canyon, the East Fortuna Mountain region, or along Father Junipero Serra Trail and the San Diego River. This is an excellent area for bird watching and just relaxing. The pathway to the San Diego River is wheelchair accessible. There are informational displays and touchable models of the dam and surrounding terrain. Father Junipero Serra Trail and the Old Mission Dam parking lot are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from November 1 through March 31, and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from April 1 through October 31. The interpretive pathway and viewing terrace were funded in part by the City of San Diego Special Promotional Program.

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Fortuna Mountain Saddle from Old Mission Dam
From Interstate 8 - Take 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road for 6.5 miles to the Kumeyaay Lake entrance to Father Junipero Serra Trail. Turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to Old Mission Dam is 0.7 miles down Father Junipero Serra Trail, on the right.

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. The entrance to Old Mission Dam is 0.7 miles down Father Junipero Serra Trail, on the right.

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. The entrance to Old Mission Dam is 0.7 miles down Father Junipero Serra Trail, on the right.



Old Mission Dam
From Interstate 8 Take 8 to the Mission Gorge/Fairmount exit. Turn north onto Mission Gorge Road, then east at the Friars Road junction to stay on Mission Gorge Road, and follow it for 4.2 miles. Just past the Jackson Drive intersection, turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Proceed past the pipe gate and down Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Old Mission Dam parking lot is 1.8 miles down on the left, just past the stop sign at the 2nd pipe gate.

From Highway 52 Take the Mast Blvd. exit. Driving from the west, turn left onto Mast Blvd., go under the freeway to the second traffic signal at West Hills Parkway, and turn right.
Driving from the east, turn right onto Mast Blvd. and turn right at the first traffic signal onto West Hills Parkway. Continue 0.7 miles to Mission Gorge Rd. and turn right. Take Mission Gorge Road 0.2 miles and merge right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Proceed 0.7 miles down Father Juniper Serra Trail to the the Old Mission Dam parking lot, located on the right.

From Route 125 - Take 125 north to Mission Gorge Road and turn left. Proceed down Mission Gorge Road 2.0 miles and merge right onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. The entrance to the Old Mission Dam parking lot is located 0.7 miles down, on the right.

From Route 15 - Take 15 to the Friars Road exit and head east. Friars Road will change into Mission Gorge Road, which you follow for about 4.2 more miles. After you pass the light at Jackson Dr., turn left onto Father Junipero Serra Trail. Proceed down past the pipe gate about 1.8 miles (speed limit is 15 mph and there are several speed bumps). The Old Mission Dam parking lot entrance is located on the left, just pass the stop sign.


 
 
encompasses nearly 5,800 acres of both natural and developed recreational acres Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542.
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