San Diego, CA

Mission Bay

Located just minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Bay Park is the largest park of its kind in the world. The 4,600-acre aquatic playground is surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to explore. There is a 12-mile loop around Mission Bay, almost all of it on well-marked off-road paths, with water views, lovely parks, beaches, bridges, and an island.

For the loop clockwise, start near SeaWorld, off Quivira Rd.(parking nearby at lots or Quivira Point). Follow W. Mission Bay Dr. to Bonita Cove. Run along the Bayside Walk for 1 mile, following it around Crown Point, onto Crown Point Rd. There’s a road section on Pacific Beach Dr. to cross the Ross Inlet. Pick up the path again at De Anza Park, and continue for ~3 miles through Mission Bay Park,  Playa Pacifica, and Tecote Shores Park to South Shores Park. Here, use S. Shores Pkwy to cross Sea World Dr., so you can run along the path and past the tangle of roads/highways around here to reach Quivira.

Additional Options: Gorgeous, flat 4-mile loop around Fiesta Island. Access off Fiesta Island Rd., just south of Tecote Shores Park. There are also other running and trail options in the area, such as the San Diego River pathway, that branches off near the starting point of our route.

Video Highlights Of Route

Mission Bay Info



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  2. If you start this run on Quivira where do you park? And if it ends on SeaWorld Drive, how do you get back over the highways to Quivira where you parked? And if you park somewhere else on the loop, what path or road do you follow when you get to the same point at SeaWorld Drive to cut over to Quivira?

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  • Full loop around Mission Bay is 11.7 miles (18.8 km), with options to do sections; Fiesta Island Loop is 4 miles
  • 155 feet for long run
  • Seaworld Dr. and W. Mission Bay Dr., or any point
  • Parking off Quivira Rd., near Quivira Point