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1 day ago

Great place to find some little gems such as the tree with the insanely big roots! Recommend sneakers for the actual hiking trails.

Liked it.

18 days ago

Good little walk around some local trails. after walking the trails, I went and walked around Baloboa park

Great hike, pretty easy. Dogs enjoyed it as well.

Perfect for appreciating the dramatic part of the San Diego coastline. It was a good length for kids to walk too, but we held them by their hands or carried them, as portions of the trail are dangerous. Exercise caution and use common sense!

This is a very nice trail for children. There isn’t any incline, and there’s great scenery and wildlife to entertain kids.

1 month ago

Although seeing tide pools was cool, I don't see this as a "hike" per say. It's not a place to go to take a long walk. Its so short that it shouldn't even be categorized as a trail.
The value of seeing the tide pools is well worth it though as it's rare to see these particular formations along the So Cal coast.
I'd say come here for the tide pools, not for a hike. Go to the top of the hill for the Bayside Trail for a nice 2 mile walk along the coast.

I was pretty disappointed in the tide pools. I expected much more after having been to Dana Point. I went on a Saturday and there were quite a few people which made it challenging to maneuver around not to mention the sandstone rock was very slippery in areas. Beautiful, unobstructed view of the ocean and the sandstone cliffs are gorgeous. The Bayside trail is simple enough, just watch your footing. Depressions and sand on the wood stairs can cause you to trip and/or slip. Can’t say that I would make the two hour drive to visit again.

Entrance fee of $15 per car and they do have restrictions on dogs. Went here looking for tide pools as reading a few reviews was told this was the place to go but we only found 2 pools with any life besides all the flies around the kelp that had been beached. Dana Point had a lot more sea life to see. If exploring the tide pools and cliff edges be cautious as the rocks are very slippery. We almost slipped and fell and we watched 2 others who did. Nice little walk pretty busy area. We also went up to the visitor center as they have a little museum and souvenir shop. Great views of the bay. We did not go up to the light house. If looking for sea life best to go back down the road just a few miles to Sea World. I do have to say the sand stone cliffs are beautiful but be careful especially if you have little ones as there are no guard rails.

we really enjoyed the tide pools, cactus and knowledgable rangers

Amazing Views along the coast

2 months ago

Very hot! Would be best early am hours. However it was a very nice work out.

2 months ago

I used the directions from the app and found a sign in the parking lot with a map. I wanted to do trail #12 and tried to follow the directions to the trail. I walked around the park for an hour before finding what might have been the trail but it was so secluded I didn’t feel safe going on it alone so I turned around and went to my usual walk in Encinitas. The park itself is nice with very nice tennis courts and several areas to relax and have a picnic. I just really wish there were better signs to show you where you are and where you’re headed.

We started at the Sorrento Valley Rd Parking lot, crossed over to the North Trail at the Wagon Wheel Crossing and stayed on the North Trail until the Carson's Crossing when we returned back on the South Trail. The waterfall wasn't much of a waterfall due to lack of rain recently, but the area was still pretty. There is a lot of wildlife to see - all kinds of birds (even saw some hummingbirds in the trees at Carson's Crossing), lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, and scat from a bunch of different animals that reside in the Preserve. There is some shade, but not much so be sure to bring lots of water, a hat, sunscreen, and clothing to shield you from the sun. It is an easy hike with minimal inclines. The trail is a mix of loose sand, packed sand, hard dirt, loose rocks. There are a lot of unmarked trails connecting to the main trails so make sure to bring a map to keep track of where you are. The bathroom at the parking area is a single portable toilet. Signs at the trailhead indicate the area has ticks, but the paths are quite wide in most places and easy to stay on the trail - doesn't hurt to use bug spray just in case. We went midday on a weekday and only saw a few other people (some on bikes and some walking) - however, I can see how this can be a busy trail during peak times.

Gorgeous. Go at low tide and spend plenty of time at the tide pools.

Trail is super easy and it is under construction. The pass is closed however if you look hard enough you will find a hidden trail, scale down the edge of the mountain and it leads to a rope, climb down that rope and you have a beautiful beach that is secluded and private and all to yourself. That was the best part!

The views are amazing. I don't think it was a mile.

Great and easy trail when your on the go and want to escape the city life. Park on any side street. There’s a little coffee shop at the start made out of a trailer camper. Enjoy!!

3 months ago

We live close to these tide pools! Absolutely beautiful!

However, this picture is of cabrillo national monument tide pool area that is off limits.

This picture is not of la jolla tide pool area.

Walked and ran some of this “trail” which actually an all paved walkway. Some parts of the path do not allow bikes/skateboards/scooters etc but people did anyway. Flat and easy path. Kid and dog safe. There are homeless along the path but not many and they didn’t bother anyway. If you have to go the bathroom there at least three public restrooms along the way. The harbor one (off the path near the hornblower ships) was the cleanest. I parked at the Embarcadero Marina Park parking lot, which is metered pay. Use a credit card (easiest) and it’s for 3 hours. Plenty of time to walk/run the path.

A nice hike showcasing the rugged beauty of San Diego’s cliffs. It’s gorgeous!! The trail is has steps built into the steeper slopes. Parts of the areas you can explore are dangerous, especially with little ones - I felt that I had to be very attentive and careful with my kids. It’s a pretty short trail, but you can also drive up to the lighthouse parking lot and walk the Bayside Trail or the shorter panoramic trails around the lighthouse. There is an entrance fee of $15 per car (good for one week), but $30 gets you an annual pass to this park. If you’re military, you can get a free annual pass for all the National Parks here.

Very basic

Not really a hike. One mile but it is very cool looking. If you go in the winter I guess the low tide is during the day hours so you can get to more of the cool places. Nice and relaxing. Carry some snacks and have a picnic on the shore. Very relaxing. You can bring your fur babies too.

Nice but so short it’s almost pointless

Never disappoints!

great Trail for running. don't play your music too loud with ear buds you'll get run over by bikers!

Is under construction. Nothing but the dusty field(( All passes are closed

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