Kwaay Paay Peak

Kwaay Paay Peak is #92 on the San Diego Sierra Club’s 100 Peak list. It lies within Mission Trails Regional Park and can be reached with a relatively easy hike (it’s a good uphill workout;-).

Beginning at the Old Mission Dam, one has to first cross Father Junipero Serra Boulevard, squeeze past a narrow gap between a guard rail and a fence, and then is immediately on the trail that leads steadily uphill (it’s also possible to start near Kumeyaay Lake Campground, the two trails meet on a little saddle – it’s important to remember this on the way back down!). From that saddle the trail gets a little steeper, and one particularly eroded section was a bit slippery due to loose gravel, but except for the elevation change, there’s otherwise no difficulty on this trail.

As I write this in 2018, I have repeated this hike a number of times now – it is a short and good uphill workout and the views from the “summit” (Kwaay Paay Peak is really just a long ridge) are quite nice. On our first hike it was a hazy winter day and photographically, I had not yet adapted to my new surroundings. I did bring my 70-300mm telezoom lens – out of curiosity I made a photo of “those islands in the distance”, to then find out later that they are calling Islas Coronado and belong to Mexico. 🙂

The view across National City, the Naval Base and Silver Strand State Beach from Kwaay Paay Peak, Mission Trails Regional Park, California.
The view across National City, the Naval Base and Silver Strand State Beach from Kwaay Paay Peak, Mission Trails Regional Park, California.

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