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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

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

it's not really a hike. more like a walk without any wow moments. end of the trail leads you to nothing. no shade, bring some water with you.

hiking
2 months ago

Short, easy trail with nice views and a couple of historical points of interest along the way, as well as a few benches trail-side.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walking and great views - even when the marine layer is heavy. Got to see a military sub come in!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Great views on an easy, wide gravel path. The Navy base opposite had boat, helicopter and airplane traffic coming and going, so it seems like a good spot to see some of those things. Nice place for birds, too. Hilly scrub provides good habitat.

hiking
3 months ago

Cool breezes and great views of SD Bay and Naval Station as you approach the end of the trail. Also some WWI & WWII historical sites along the way. Nice way to spend ~hour.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views, coastal breeze, picturesque sea scapes with a thousand sail boats. 1 mile down and 1 mike up trail. A combination of black top and dirt gravel trail. I will do this trail again. Easy parking. Get in free if you have a national parks service pass.

6 months ago

the trail itself is pretty short and easy with abandance of banches. my 67 yo mother in law enjoyed it a lot. great views. great place to bring visitors. can do the trail first and then get to see the monument and lighthouse. note: we paid $20 to get in for one car. they take cash or cards.

hiking
washed out
7 months ago

Few places had trail damage from recent rains. Bees were swarming next to trail at one point. Great to be back on the trail and weather was clearing.

hiking
8 months ago

3 stars for the trail, but 5 stars for the monument. I checked this out the day after the shutdown ended (yay!). Nice for a walk while checking out the National Monument or for a nice jog. It is free under the NPS annual pass, so I will probably go the park again for whale watching. If you are paying the $15 entrance fee, it is NOT worth it just for the trail. The park does keep an exhibit on some neat SD history, is good for whale watching (this time of year! Ahh I didn't bring binoculars and couldn't see any), and has great views of the city.

hiking
8 months ago

Closed due to Federal shutdown. FYI.

10 months ago

Good stuff

10 months ago

It’s nice to run down the trail and walk back up.

running
Sunday, September 09, 2018

Very beautiful! Isn’t the most nature-esque trail, but it’s as good as it gets for Southern California. It does have really incredible views of downtown, the Coronado bridge and sailboats. Definitely a must-do!

hiking
Monday, August 27, 2018

I decided to go to Cabrillo Monument and spend the afternoon there. I was interested in walking the Bayside Trail. It was a very pretty walk seeing Downtown San Diego and Tijuana in the background. The walk down was easy but walking up was a little tougher that made me break out a little sweat. It was nice going down 1 mile and back up 1 mile. Personally I enjoyed it because of the nice views and light ocean breeze. I will definitely do it again.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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
Thursday, June 07, 2018

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
Saturday, May 26, 2018

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!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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
Friday, April 27, 2018

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
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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

walking
Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2018

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
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Great views. Really cool little park.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Great views with easy access.

hiking
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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

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