Mission Trails Master Plan Update

Current Trail Map for Mission Trails Regional Park  *please note that trails north of the 52 freeway are not authorized

The City of San Diego Planning Department, Park Planning Section, initiated a formal Master Plan Update (MPU) process for Mission Trail Regional Park (MTRP) in the winter of 2010. The MTRP MPU process included a series of public workshops, held in the spring of 2011, to engage local stakeholders and the interested public in the identification and refinement of future development options for MTRP. SDMBA has been closely involved in giving input on trail alignments for several years. There are up to 20 miles of new trail laid out in the MPU to create better connectivity and a more sustainable trail system.

As part of the MPU process, a Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) has also been prepared. The NRMP, a requirement of the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP), has been developed concurrently with the MPU to ensure that protection and management concerns for both environmental and cultural resources have been fully assessed and integrated into the MPU.

A Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) has also been prepared as a part of this effort to ensure compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for all proposed facilities and management activities planned as part of both the MPU and NRMP.

The Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens’ Advisory Committee and Task Force, of which Kevin Loomis (SDMBA president) is a sitting member, approved the MPU at their public meeting on March 7, 2017. The MPU will next go to the Task Force and the San Diego City Council for Approval soon.  The approval of the MPU has been delayed for almost a year because certain environmental agencies want clarification on certain details.  While the approval of this plan does not make the new trails shovel ready, it is a major step is making Mission Trails Regional Park a better place to ride bikes, hike and experience nature.

2019 Update:  The MPU was approved by the City of San Diego Planning Commission on March 4, 2019 and by the Environment Committee on April 18, 2019 and by the City Council on May 21, 2019.  The Plan needs to be signed by the Mayor of San Diego and then will continue on to the County Board of Supervisors for approval of the portions of the plan that fall under joint management (Cowles Mountain).  

The public drafts of the MTRP MPU, NRMP and Community Plan Technical Amendments are provided below for your information.

Mission Trails Regional Park Master Plan Update:  https://www.sandiego.gov/department/mission-trails-regional-park-plan-updates-0

Download PDFs of MPU & NRMP here.

The Draft Programmatic EIR is available for public review on the following website: