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Bayside Trail - Cabrillo National Monument

San Diego, California

Bayside Trail - Cabrillo National Monument

Bayside Trail - Cabrillo National Monument Professional Guide

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"The Bayside Trail descends 300 feet down the cliffs on the east (bayside) slope of Point Loma. The 1.5-mile trail, an old U.S. Army roadway, winds down the hillside through chaparral and native sage scrub from high above San Diego Bay. From the cliffside perch are breathtaking vistas of the bay, including small sailboats, fishing boats, gigantic U.S. Navy ships, ocean liners maneuvering in and out of the harbor, as well as passenger planes and Navy jets flying in and out of the airports. The interpretive trail has panels about the area’s natural and cultural history. En route, the trail passes remnants of an abandoned military defense system with bunkers that protected the harbor in both World Wars. The hike begins near the 422-foot crest of the promontory by the historic lighthouse."

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Corona del Mar, CA
Pathfinder | 150 pts
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4/1/2006
One of the most scenic trails ever. My wife's bad knee did not give her any problems on this well maintained, gravelly trail. Exceptional distance views of San Diego Bay, downtown skyline, Coronado, Mexican mountains on the horizon, and a constant flow of boat traffic. A perfect way to spend half-a-day.
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Allen Riedel
"Cabrillo National Monument doesn’t have very many hikes, and this really isn’t much of a traditional hike either. The entire trip takes place on a paved road that descends for 1 mile along the San Diego Bay coastline. Eventually, it drops very close to the ocean and comes to a fence that separates the national monument from the adjoining military reservation and national cemetery. Despite the fact that there isn’t a “real” trail, an escape from civilization, or even seclusion, there is something quite magical about Cabrillo that gives this hike a classic appeal. The jutting edge of Point Loma sticks out so far and has been such a danger to mariners that not one but two lighthouses were built upon this spot."
Sheri McGregor
"Cool coastal breezes and sweeping views of San Diego’s bay make the Bayside Trail a top choice for warm spring and summer days. Taking in the nearby historic lighthouse and museum lend a historical perspective to this hike."
Jerry Schad
"Coastal sage scrub and chaparral vegetation are highlighted along the Bayside Trail, but it’s more worth taking for the wonderful, unobstructed views of San Diego Bay, the Silver Strand, and San Diego’s flashy skyline. You’ll double your pleasure if you walk this trail on a crystal-clear day, typical of the period December through March. Note that you must be off the trail well before the time of Cabrillo National Monument’s closing, typically around dusk."

Trail Information

San Diego
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Cabrillo National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Point Loma
Local Maps