Bayside Trail

EASY 147 reviews

Bayside Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

historic site

no dogs

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.

2 months ago

This is in a national park and you have to pay to get in. I wish I would have read this before driving out here without money on me. Maybe another day.

hiking
2 months ago

Peaceful trail with breathtaking views. Information signs about local wildlife and a few WWII-era structures keep the trail interesting, as do the natural surroundings themselves. I saw birds, bees, and even a small snake slithering across the trail. And the exposed yellow sandstone in one spot is really pretty. The all-downhill, then all-uphill factor makes it exhausting near the end, and I don't care for the very upper part that's just a paved road. But the bottom part of the trail is lovely. As for being wheelchair/stroller friendly, I wouldn't consider this trail to be suitable for either one. There is a short, paved panoramic loop behind the lighthouse that is accessible, but personally I wouldn't bring my stroller on this trail. I did bring my 2-year old twins with me but preferred to carry them both for short stretches rather than push 2 kids in a stroller uphill for a mile. And one more thing to consider: be prepared for no shade. I went on a cloudy morning, and it was perfect!

hiking
2 months ago

Very short but beautiful hike. No shade at all so on sunny hot days bring your shade with you. It’s an out and back that is all down hill out and uphill back. Then you have to add the road that you hike down that you then get to hike back up to the lighthouse. It’s all good in the end. The views are spectacular and worth the workout. Benches are placed along the trail so you can take a rest if you need to. Bring water!

3 months ago

Nice walking trail with beautiful water views. It's all uphill on the way back. I found stopping to read the information signs helpful for rest breaks as needed. Note, it does cost $15 to access the park via car but the pass is good for 1 week.

walking
3 months ago

Great views of San Diego!! Don’t think is wheel chair friendly at all! I was pushing my son (about 40 pounds) in a jogger stroller and it was a little bit challenging uphill. It was a great workout after all.

hiking
4 months ago

Very amazing view!!! Great easy hike, my friend with me did it in flip flops lol

walking
4 months ago

Downhill first mile, uphill on the wayback. jogger friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

Love Point Loma. This is a nice little trail with great views of Coronado, San Diego and Tijuana in the distance. There's some WWII history things to see related to gigantic spot lights and a generator building. Nothing too dramatic on the road grade - most people can handle it though wouldn't recommend wheel chairs. Lots of native California vegetation with some identification signage. Pick a little of the Coastal Sage and smush it with your fingers - the smell is wonderful.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views. Really cool little park.

5 months ago

Easy walk! Stunning views, cool breeze! Make sure you bring your water bottle. Enjoy!

6 months ago

This is.a great trail with great views of San Diego Bay that’s about 2 miles round trip. It is almost completely downhill for the first mile and of course you must come back up for the second mile. I notice that it says wheelchair friendly....I don’t think so. The first quarter of a mile is paved. The rest is dirt and rocks.

6 months ago

This is a nice, easy trail for a walk. Its fun to head down and explore the tidepools after. Don't bring your dog.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views with easy access.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike, with GORGEOUS views of San Diego Bay, Pacific Ocean, and downtown SD!

8 months ago

Easy hike with a 3 year old boy

8 months ago

I would rate it moderate rather than easy. There are some steep inclines.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views of the city

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nice views. More a walk than a hike. Lots of people. Wonderful breezes. Take the camera. Learn a little history.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

The walk is easy, the view is incredible. This is an down and up trail, so be prepared to carry little ones who could make the trip down, but not back ;) Wide with a few rest stops along the way with benches. Sit down and watch jets take off from the naval base in Coronado, watch ship traffic come in and out of the bay, and soak in the incredible view of San Diego.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Really breezy, much cooler than inland. There was a beautiful ocean view the entire time. Elevation change is gradual making this an easier hike.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Super easy family friendly great ocean view make sure you see the lighthouse and the TIDEPOOLS it's worth it!

Monday, March 13, 2017

We discovered this trail our first day visiting San Diego and it remains one of our favorite go-to adventures as now locals. It has everything you would want. Ocean views, nature, a well-manicured trail, native CA plants to see and animals to observe. All in an underrated, hardly packed package. Most visitors don't even see it.

hiking
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Very nice trail. Al little steep going back up. Views are spectacular.

hiking
Friday, December 23, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I love this trail! It's short and sweet, but very scenic. Good beginning hike or for taking family/friends that aren't regular hikers.

hiking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great place to go, and see sights normally you don't.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Short trail but great views. If you want to get a little exercise at Cabrillo it's nice.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Gravel trail in Cabrillo National Monument that starts near the lighthouse. No beach access from the trail.

walking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Very scenic with a panoramic view. Very easy to walk and fast. It costs $10 to get in but it's worth the trip.

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Great views of the skyline and bay.

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