Welcome to Mt. Helix Park -- the "Crown Jewel of East County"

Mt. Helix Park is recognized as one of San Diego County's most magnificent landmarks, where people come for spectacular views of San Diego, family picnics, romantic weddings and simply relaxing in the quiet beauty of the area.

Have you ever experienced that sense of wonder when, while out enjoying the splendor of the day, you find your eye drawn to a ridge top or mountain peak?  Did you think "I wonder what's up there?" or "Are we allowed to go up? "Welcome, then, to your very own "mountain peak."  Come up to the top—you're very welcome. 

Many people come every day to enjoy the peace, serenity, and amazing views high atop Mt. Helix.  Bring your picnic (please leave the barbeque at home).  Bring your friends and family.  Mt. Helix Park can even become an unforgettable venue for some of your special events. We invite you to learn more about Mt. Helix Park.  As you journey through this web site, discover how to use the Park, enjoy it, and allow it to play a role in your memories for years to come.  Also make sure to check out the Activities page to find out more about the annual heART of Mt. Helix and other programming.

There is limited parking at the top of the hill and additional parking in the fields at the corner of Mt. Helix Drive and Vivera.  Feel free to use the lots when enjoying the Park.  Dogs are welcome and there is a special drinking fountain just for them near the kiosk.  Please make sure your dog is under your control at all times and clean up after your pet.  Mutt bags are located on the east side of the kiosk.

Easter Sunrise Services

Easter Sunrise Services will be hosted by Summit Church International.  Services will be at 6:30 am. Parking and shuttles will begin running at 5:00 am from the San Miguel Fire Station lots at 10105 Viviera Drive as well as the Brigantine parking lot.  Dress warmly and bring a blanket to sit on. For more information click go to our Activities page.

heART of Mt. Helix Graphic T-shirts

Now you can keep a piece of the hill close to your heart with a Mt. Helix Park graphic T-shirt designed by local watercolorist Chuck McPherson and printed by Think Your T-shirt! Every t-shirt you order benefits Mt. Helix Park.  Order online by clicking here, or print out an order form by clicking here and send it in with your check.  Please note that orders of more than twelve shirts will require additional postage.  If you are ordering more than twelve shirts call the office at (619) 741-4363 for additional postage amounts.  All orders ship in two weeks.

You won't want to miss Chuck McPherson at the August 16 Seventh Annual heART of Mt. Helix where he will create an original painting to be auctioned off that evening.  Event tickets go on sale in June.  Check the heART page for more details. 

Gardening Team

How would you like to be a part of our gardening team?

You don’t have to be a master gardener to love the idea of getting outdoors and enjoying the rewards of working with plants.  We are looking for volunteers to help us plant and water newly donated plants until they are established.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to help, for more information, or to sign up, contact Peggy Junker at (619) 741-4363 or email pjunker@mthelixpark.org

See our Activities section for information about our upcoming Nature/Sustainable Living lecture on Saturday May 17!



If you value Mt. Helix Park, please support the Foundation with a donation.

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Help us fund great programs like you see here.

You can also help us pay down the loan on the Cox Lot (a mortgaged parcel to the East of the amphitheatre).  Click here to find out more.


The Basics

The Park is located at 4905 Mt. Helix Drive in San Diego County between La Mesa and El Cajon.  DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The Park office is located under the amphitheatre stage.  Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am - noon except as indicated on the calendar page under the "Activities, heart of Mt. Helix, Calendar" tab. 

The mailing address is 4901 Mt. Helix Drive, La Mesa, CA.  91941.

The phone number is (619) 741-4363.

Park hours

Winter (Nov. 1 - Feb. 28/29) 5:30 am - 6 pm
Spring (March 1 - May 31) 5:30 am - 8 pm
Summer (June 1 - August 31) 5:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fall (Sept. 1 - October 31) 5:30 am - 7 pm

For special Park closures check the calendar page.

Current Week Events

Friday, April 18th 2014

Next Week:

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Live theater returns!

Great news for theater lovers! CYT will be returning to the Mt. Helix Amphitheatre from July 17 - August 2 to perform Les MiserablesClick here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

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