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. The Old Mission Dam parking lot is 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.
Directions to Old Mission Dam
From Interstate 8 (Kumeyaay Highway) - 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 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.