Cabrillo National Monument

San Diego, California 92152

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument Professional Guide

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"This is a rare occasion within the National Park Service, when dogs are more welcome on a natural dirt trail than on the paved paths. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample a national historic landmark and enjoy a hike along a rugged bluff, with tide pools and coastal views, in the company of your four-legged pal. This hike is about quality over quantity."

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Best Hikes Near San Diego (Falcon Guides)
Lynn Goya and Alexander Goya
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"Dripping with history, the Bayside Trail at Point Loma offers so much more than just a gorgeous walk. From the whale lookouts to the artillery bunkers, this is a place to satisfy even the pickiest of adventurers. Take the time to tour the visitor center to learn more about the points unique history as well as its exceedingly rare ecosystem. The hike takes you through one of the last remaining coastal scrublands in the world." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"Cabrillo Tide Pools is the only area in Cabrillo National Monument where your dog is allowed. If you visit the other areas of the monument, your dog has to stay in the car. This is usual policy at many national and state parks. Even though the only “trail” in the monument is a road with a stunning view of San Diego Bay, no dogs are allowed. The consolation for this is that dogs are permitted to walk on leash to the tide pools. You may get strange looks and even verbal jostles from some people along the way, because you clearly pass a sign when you enter the monument that says “All pets must remain in vehicles.” Just kindly point them to the visitor brochure that shows where dogs are allowed in the monument." Read more
50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"The long, south-pointing peninsula of Point Loma and the spectacular curving shoreline of San Diego Bay are two of the principal elements responsible for San Diego’s legendary beauty. Most of the south half of the Point Loma peninsula is reserved for military uses. Perched on its end, centered on the highest promontory, is one of America’s smallest (144 acres) national monuments, Cabrillo National Monument. Because of its location adjacent to the tourist-happy city of San Diego, Cabrillo is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 busiest national monuments in the country." Read more

Cabrillo National Monument Reviews

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Great Grandpa Hike - Easy walk to some of the best tide pools on the coast. Take the grandchildren on an outing they will remember. Take lunch and make it a day. Make sure you check to see when the tide is out for maximum viewing (a great learning moment to talk about the tides and the moon) Make sure you take a pair of old shoes to walk in the tide pools with. Make sure you take a moment on the way to or from the pools to look at the Light House and the view of San Diego.
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Definately as awesome sight to see the pacific Ocean Waves Crash into the cliffs you are standing on and to see the strange formations time has carved into the hillside.

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Trail Information

San Diego
Nearby City
Trail Type
1 hour
50 feet
Trailhead Elevation
103 feet
Top Elevation
Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., San Diego 92106; (619) 557-5450;
Local Contacts
USGS Point Loma
Local Maps

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Dec 2018