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Explore the nature, wildlife, and history of Point Loma, with views over downtown San Diego.
- 4 km
- 126 m
- 125 m
A beautiful path among wave-battered sea cliffs and tide pools overlooking the Pacific.
The Coastal Trail runs between two parking lots along Cabrillo Road. Start from either and travel in between them as an out and back. You’ll walk along dirt, rock, and stairs in a few places. The surface is mostly natural, so it can be uneven and slippery but is generally easy.
Near the trail, rocky tide pools are exposed when the water recedes. There you can find hundreds of kinds of small sea critters like crabs, starfish, urchins, and mussels. You can touch them, but please leave them in place. You might also spot larger residents like seals, sea lions, or dolphins in the water.
In addition to the natural attractions, you can find evidence of past development here. Near the trail is an underground bunker used in World War II. Access is closed, but you can see the roof of it up close. Along the way to or from this trail, be sure to check out the historic Point Loma Lighthouse, the statue of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and wartime relics spread throughout the monument.
This is the only trail in the park that allows dogs, but they must be on a leash and cleaned up after.
Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.