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Mission San Luis Rey

A half-hour drive north of downtown San Diego

Mission San Luis Rey

Sanction Number: 298

Distance: 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 via EMail:

Start Location:
Oceanside Marinia Inn
2008 Harbor Drive N
Oceanside, 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 two (2) 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.

This walk qualifies for AVA Special Programs - Museum, California Missions, Historic Churches, and Public Flower Gardens credit.

Leashed pets are allowed on the walk, but NOT ALLOWED ON THE PIER OR BEACH AREAS.

Trail Description:
This walk is rated 1+. The walk will be along the harbor perimeter, beach, and beach-front, city sidewalks, to the end of Oceanside Pier.

The terrain is mostly flat, except for the ramp to the pier, and on leaving the Strand.

Wheelchairs, strollers, wagons, etc. are welcome.

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.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, also known as San Luis Rey Mission Church, was founded on June 13, 1798 in what is now the city of Oceanside, California. In 1816, Mission San Antonio de Pala was established twenty miles inland as its asistencia ("sub-mission"). The local Quechnajuichom tribe became known as the Luiseño, after the Mission. This church, built in 1811 is the third church on this location. It is a National Historic Landmark, for its pristine example of a Spanish Mission Church complex

In its prime, the San Luis Rey compound covered almost 6 acres, making it one of the most extensive of all the missions.

During the Mexican-American War, the Mission was utilized as a military outpost by the United States Army. In July 1847, Governor Richard Barnes Mason created an Indian sub-agency at San Luis Rey, and his men took charge of the mission property in August, appointing Jesse Hunter from the recently arrived Mormon Battalion as sub-agent. Battalion guide Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (the child who had traveled with the Lewis and Clark Expedition forty years earlier) was appointed by Mason as the alcalde "within the District of San Diego, at or near San Luis Rey" in November 1847. Charbonneau resigned from the post in August, 1848, claiming that "because of his Indian heritage others thought him biased when problems arose between the Indians and the other inhabitants of the district."

Following secularization, no religious services were held at the Mission until 1893, when two Mexican priests were given permission to restore the Mission as a Franciscan college. Father Joseph O'Keefe was assigned as an interpreter for the monks. It was he who began to restore the old Mission in 1895. The cuadrángulo (quadrangle) and church were completed in 1905. San Luis Rey College was opened as a seminary in 1950, but closed in 1969.

Today, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a working mission. It is cared for by the people who belong to the parish, and is still being restored. There is a museum and visitors center at the Mission, as well as a small cemetery. Walt Disney added a skull and crossbones to its entrance. In fact, the first season episodes of Zorro were filmed here.

Archway With First California Pepper Tree

The courtyard of Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, with the first California pepper tree (Schinus molle) planted in California in 1830, visible behind the arch.

California's first pepper tree, planted in 1830 can be seen through the original adobe arch.

Sailors brought the seeds from Peru. The trees, schinus molle produced red berries known as peppercorns used in cooking.

The trunk of the tree measures 44 feet in diameter. It is the oldest tree on the mission property.

The tree limbs, now supported with braces provide a majestic shade and a sense of history.

Special Thanks:
Special thanks to the administrative staff of Oceanside Marina Inn for their cooperation in making this year-round walk possible.

It should be noted that Oceanside Marina Inn has offered to provide all volkssport participants a 20% discount on rooms at the Inn.

Oceanside Marina Inn

Oceanside’s only Seaside resort

2008 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside, CA 92054

Phone: (760) 722-1561 – Fax: (760) 439-9758

AAA- Approved, AAA or AARP 10% Off - Volkswalkers 20% Off

Features and Accommodations

    Up-scaled 1 & 2 bedroom suites
    Fully equipped kitchens
    Heated pool
    spa & sauna
    Cozy Fireplaces
    Cable TV
    Balconies with view
    Secluded setting
    Boat Shuttle to Beach
    Free Continental Breakfast
    Legoland and romantic packages
    Toll Free – 1-800-252-2033

From I-5

From the north or south exit at Harbor Drive in north Oceanside. Follow Harbor Drive to Harbor Drive N. Turn right and continue along the harbor, past the Jolly Roger Restaurant to the Oceanside Marina Inn at the end of Harbor Drive North.

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