The Quarry Loop in the southwest corner of Mission Trails Regional Park is a short but scenic trail with some surprisingly good views for such a short hike. From atop the ridge you can look west to the ocean and spot San Clemente and Catalina islands on the horizon, and to the southeast there are great views of the major Mission Trails peaks.
There are actually several interconnecting loops in this part of the park providing options for different routes. We basically just followed the signs that said “Quarry Loop Trail (1.3 Mile Loop)” and found the resulting trek to be quite enjoyable.
A short way down the path we came upon a “Y” junction. The left fork went uphill, while the right fork continued around the outside edge of the hillside. The left fork actually bisects a larger outer loop, one of the interconnecting trails mentioned earlier. We turned right, following the sign for “Quarry Loop South Trail”.
Finally, around 1.1 mile we reached the top of the hill and another junction. The right fork continued on to the Fortuna Saddle Trail near the Clairemont Mesa entrance, and you could take this fork for slightly a longer loop if you wanted to. But we chose the left fork to close our loop.
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From I-15 take the Tierrasanta Blvd exit. Head east on Tierrasanta Blvd for approximately 2.9 miles (almost to the end of the road), then turn left onto Colina Dorada Dr. Follow Colina Dorada for approximately 1 mile to the trailhead at the intersection of Colina Dorada Drive and Calle De Vida. Park on the street. map
|Total Distance:||1.6 miles|
|Difficulty:||Easy – Moderate|
|Total Ascent:||325 feet|
|Dog Friendly?:||Leashed dogs allowed|
|Bike Friendly?:||Bikes allowed|