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Best trails in Cabrillo National Monument, California

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Explore the most popular trails in Cabrillo National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Join us and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery. Accessibility: There are designated, handicapped-accessible car and van parking spots at the Lighthouse and tidepool area. You can ask a ranger for a parking pass to park closer, behind the Lighthouse, to avoid having to walk uphill on a concrete path. There are stairs going in to the Lighthouse. Restrooms in the Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible and they have wheelchairs for loan there. Drinking fountains and binoculars are wheelchair accessible. More accessible trail and facility information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/cabr/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Cabrillo National Monument, California
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
(619) 557-5450
Top trails (2)
#1 - Bayside Trail
Cabrillo National Monument
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Seasonally, sections of this trail may close due to bees. Please check with the park staff for up to date information before visiting. This monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542, which was the first European expedition on what later became the west coast of the U.S. The monument includes a statue of Cabrillo and 20th-century coastal artillery batteries built to protect the harbor of San Diego from enemy warships. Accessibility: There are designated, handicapped-accessible car and van parking spots at the Lighthouse and tidepool area. You can ask a ranger for a parking pass to park closer, behind the Lighthouse, to avoid having to walk uphill on a concrete path. There are stairs going in to the Lighthouse. The Bayside Trail begins as asphalt (shared with cars) and then turns into a sloping packed dirt trail that is moderately steep. The steepest sections are between 0.2 and 0.3 miles, and 0.6 and 0.7 miles when going east and assistance may be needed there. The width is typically at least four feet wide. The first 100 yards to a bench by the tidepools is paved but past that the trail is dirt and has some stairs. Restrooms in the Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible and they have wheelchairs for loan there. Drinking fountains and binoculars are wheelchair accessible.Show more
#2 - Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail
Cabrillo National Monument
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 24 m
This monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542, which was the first European expedition on what later became the west coast of the U.S. The monument includes a statue of Cabrillo and 20th-century coastal artillery batteries built to protect the harbor of San Diego from enemy warships. The monument opens at 9am. Show more