Sunset Cliffs Park

San Diego, California

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Sunset Cliffs Park sits on the west edge of Point Loma, a 4-mile long peninsula that looks like a bent index finger. Stretching south from Ocean Beach, the dramatic 400-foot high promontory separates the ocean from San Diego Bay. Steep 50-foot vertical cliffs line the long and narrow oceanfront park that overlooks a scalloped coastline with offshore rocks, sea arches, sea caves, reefs, kelp beds, hidden sandy coves, and rocky beaches (back cover photo). An exposed plateau of flat rocks with tidepools extends out to sea. Clifftop trails skirt the jagged, unstable edge of the bluffs, and eroding paths lead down the striated cliffs to pocket beaches. At the west end of Ladera Street, a stairway leads to the rocky shoreline. South of Ladera Street, informal trails wind through the wide, sloping terrace surrounded by eucalyptus groves beneath Point Loma Nazarine University.

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"Sunset Cliffs Park sits on the west edge of Point Loma, a 4-mile long peninsula that looks like a bent index finger. Stretching south from Ocean Beach, the dramatic 400-foot high promontory separates the ocean from San Diego Bay. Steep 50-foot vertical cliffs line the long and narrow oceanfront park that overlooks a scalloped coastline with offshore rocks, sea arches, sea caves, reefs, kelp beds, hidden sandy coves, and rocky beaches (back cover photo). An exposed plateau of flat rocks with tidepools extends out to sea. Clifftop trails skirt the jagged, unstable edge of the bluffs, and eroding paths lead down the striated cliffs to pocket beaches. At the west end of Ladera Street, a stairway leads to the rocky shoreline. South of Ladera Street, informal trails wind through the wide, sloping terrace surrounded by eucalyptus groves beneath Point Loma Nazarine University."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Diego
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Sunset Cliffs Park
Local Maps: USGS Point Loma

Sunset Cliffs Park Reviews

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6/12/2010
Awesome walking trip! Beautiful ocean views and long enough to actually get your heart going. Epic surf spots dot the coast here so a lot of surf culture to be seen in action. I did a little side trip down the stairs to "Garbage," a really fun surf spot. The new reinforced stairs and railing are a very nice (and needed) improvement..
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