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Begin near the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, descend 300 feet through native coastal sage scrub for 1 mile, past remnants of coat defense system that protected harbor during WWI & II, with dramatic views of San Diego Bay.

photo: The trail follows an old military road. Photo by NPS.

Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: In San Diego at Cabrillo Nat. Mon., connecting visitor center to Old Point Loma Lighthouse overlooking San Diego Bay.
State(s): California
Counties: San Diego
Longitude: -117.24106
Latitude: 32.66938

Driving Directions

Located within Cabrillo National Monument, on southern tip of Point Loma, at the terminus of State Route 209.

Description

On the southeast side of the park, the trail follows an old military road winding down from the top of the park toward San Diego Bay. On a clear day you can see the mountains of Mexico to the south, the Laguna mountains to the east behind the San Diego skyline, North Island Naval Air Station, and the Coronado Bridge. The 2.5 mile roundtrip is easily done by kids and adults of all hiking abilities. But even though it’s relatively short, the uphill return gives a good workout with an approximately 340-foot elevation gain that could be challenging for hikers with respiratoty or heart problems. Benches and stopping points provide perfect places to take in one of the most beautiful views in the county while you catch your breath. Hiking time is estimated at 1 to 2 hours, though you are likely to encounter many repeat local visitors using it as part of their weekly workout (think ½ hour round-trip). There are no restrooms or water along this trail, so hikers are asked to bring water with them, especially in the warm summer months. There is also no access to the beach at any point on the trail, and pets and bikes are not allowed. As in any natural area, there are environmental hazards to watch out for, including toxic plants and animals and fragile cliff faces. The downhill portion of the trail ends overlooking Ballast Point where nuclear-powered submarines are now docked in the same place Cabrillo’s ships anchored after three months at sea in 1542. Cabrillo’s statue looms on the bluff about 300 feet above you. You’re at the half-way point.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1984

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: NPS Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Superintendent
Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106 -3601
(619) 557-5450

 

Photos

Cabrillo National Monument Visitor Center. Photo by NPS.

Cabrillo National Monument Visitor Center. Photo by NPS.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Photo by NPS.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Photo by NPS.

 

San Diego Bay and Silver Strand from Point Loma Lighthouse. Photo by wiki Angspring.

San Diego Bay and Silver Strand from Point Loma Lighthouse. Photo by wiki Angspring.

The trail follows an old military road. Photo by NPS.

The trail follows an old military road. Photo by NPS.

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