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Mission San Diego De Alcala
San Diego

Mission San Diego De Alcala

Sanction Number: 212

10Km (6.2 miles) and 5Km (3.1 miles)

Sponsor: San Diego County Rockhoppers - AVA 392/CA 23

For additional information call Steve d'Adolf at (858) 451-2130,
or EMail:

Start Location:
Best Western Hacienda Hotel Old Town
4041 Harney Street
San Diego, CA

Identify yourself as a walker to the receptionist at the front desk and ask for the "walking box".

Note: The walk box contains the materials for three (3) walks that start at this location.

For this mission walk you will need to drive to the actual start point which is a few miles away.

This is an honor-system, self-serve activity. Thank you for your cooperation.

Start/Stop Times:
This year-round event can be walked daily.

Although this facility is open 24 hours daily, we request that you walk from DAWN TO DUSK only.

Usually available across the street from the Hacienda Hotel, except when special events are being held in Old Town. If this lot is full you need to consider parking at the Old Town Trolley Station, Old Town State Historical Park, or along area streets.

This walk qualifies for AVA Special Programs - California Missions, Riverwalk America, and Railroad Heritage credit.

Leashed pets are allowed on the walk.

Trail Description:
The trail starts at the shopping center on Camino Del Rio North and proceeds along city streets, past Qualcomm Stadium, past the statue of Mark Twain, past the Mission San Diego De Alcala, across the San Diego River, and back to the start point.

The walk is rated 1.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and the events are free. For those that wish to receive IVV credit, the fee is $3.00.

You may walk twice in the same day on the same event for the same fee.

These events count for the earning of IVV Achievement Awards.

As with all events, there will be no refunds to those not completing the event.

Start Card:
There is no pre-registration, and everyone must obtain a start card and pay the appropriate fee if credit is desired. All start cards must be returned at the completion of the event.

Upon your return, stamp your books if credit is desired.

Remember, only one EVENT CREDIT for the first half year, and one event credit for the second half year may be entered in the event book for each event. You may participate for DISTANCE CREDIT without limit.

IVV credit is $3.00, others free.

Have a pen or pencil to use at the self-checkpoint.

There are numerous restaurants along the route, in all price ranges.

Water and rest rooms are available along the route.

Participants do so at their own risk. Every reasonable effort will be made by the sponsors to make the events safe and enjoyable for all. However, the sponsors, organizers, and the American Volkssport Association cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen articles, accident, or injury of any kind at any time.

Special Thanks:
Special thanks to the administrative staff of the Best Western Hacienda Hotel for their cooperation in making this year-round walk possible.

The hotel is centrally located, and an excellent choice for people who want to stay near, and visit the Old Town San Diego area.

Mission San Diego De Alacala

Mission San Diego de Alcala was the first mission in California. It was founded by Father Serra in 1769.

Father Serra was a Spanish monk who started the Catholic chain of missions in California.

Serra was born in 1713, and he died in 1784. He is buried under the sanctuary floor at Mission San Carlos Borromeo.

Between 1769 and 1823, Spain built 21 missions along the coast of California. The Spanish built the missions because they wanted to colonize the Pacific Coast region and keep other countries out of the area. They also wanted to convert the Native American Indians to Christianity and teach them how to be productive citizens who would add to the wealth of the mother country. The Spanish missionaries played an important role in the history of Mexico and California. The arrival of Europeans with their religious and political influences had both positive and negative effects on the native American Indian people.

Mission Indians grew wheat, corn, wine grapes, barley, and beans in the mission gardens. They also raised cows, horses, and sheep.

From I-5 Heading North: Exit at Old Town Avenue, turn right on Old Town Avenue.
From I-5 Heading South: Exit at Old Town Avenue, turn left on Old Town Avenue.
From I-8 Heading West: Take I-5 South to Old Town Avenue.

Once on Old Town Avenue, proceed to San Diego Avenue and turn left. Go to Harney Street and turn right. Go back 1/2 block to the Best Western Hacienda Hotel Old Town on your right.

Old Town San Diego Area Map
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