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Visiting Mt Helix Park

Yawkey Trail

Voted Gold Award Winner for Prettiest Part of East County and the Silver Award Winner for Best Place for a First Date by East County Californian readers.  Read our article on page 10 of Discovering My City Magazine about staging a romantic picnic in the Park.

Stage lunch for two or the entire family at one of two picnic tables located in the kiosk area or find the perfect spot on the steps of the historic amphitheater overlooking the eastern views, or at one of the benches provided along the Yawkey Trail.  Please note that barbeques/fires and smoking are not permitted and trash cans are provided for you to clean up. We appreciate you helping us keep the Park beautiful!

Forming a semi-circle around the Park is the quarter-mile walking trail known as the Yawkey Trail.  Named after Mary Yawkey, the trail commemorates the Park's namesake, who drew her inspiration from the views and serenity at the top of Mt. Helix.  Three kiosk areas provide benches and view-maps complete with lists of nearby hills, mountains and even a key to some of the Park's plants and animals.  

Walk to the Top

In addition to an upper parking lot next to the amphitheater, the Park owns two parking lots at the intersection of Mt. Helix Dr.  and Vivera Dr. next to the San Miguel Fire Station.  These areas are open to Park visitors during Park hours of operation and are a great place to start your walk to the top.     


We welcome dogs to Mt. Helix Park provided they are on a leash.  Doggie Doo bags and even a pet drinking fountain are provided for your pet at the main kiosk/picnic area next to the amphitheater.

Make Mt. Helix Park Part of Your Fitness Routine

Make Mt. Helix Park part of your fitness routine and take the ho-hum out of workouts. From the Park's lower parking area to the memorial cross, walkers, runners and bikers can take advantage of the incline that spans the half mile route to the top (that's roughly 1,500 steps for smartphone app users).  Once in the Park, climb the amphitheater steps or take the steeper steps up the stadium-style seats. The quarter-mile Yawkey Trail can be used for a cool-down walk and the historic stone walls that surround the premisis are great for incline pushups or tricep lifts. For a more structured experience, Helix Yoga offers walk-in classes  at the Park Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. To find out more about yoga classes visit


Mt. Helix Park is a photo-rich environment.  Photographers frequent the hilltop which features 360 degree views, a historic rock wall and amphitheater, a memorial cross and is home to a variety of plants and wildlife.  Photos taken within the Park may not be used for commercial purposes without prior consent.  If you have a photo you wish to share with the Park, please feel free to send it to  We feature guest photographers both on our Facebook page and our website.

Not Permitted

  • Smoking of any kind

  • Vaping

  • Drone Flying

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Glass Containers

  • Barbeques or Grills

  • Open Flames

  • Unleashed Dogs

  • Skateboarding

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