Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail [CLOSED]

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Cabrillo National Monument

Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.6 km Elevation Gain: 14 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wildlife

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closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

I wouldn’t call this a hike. It’s more of an adventure. Bring extra shoes!

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

$20 for parking, but it’s free if you have the national park annual pass. great and beautiful trail. I was with my 2y old girl. There are some steps, but not long. yellow flowers bloom in this season(March). they are so beautiful with the cliffs and sea. you can check various sea creatures at low tide. so, check the low tide time in advance if you want to go that area too. it is right next to the trail, you can just step down out of the trail. today was 2:30-3:30. If you have kids, they can get a wooden badge at the visitor center.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Drive or walk down to the tide pools. Catch the pools at low tide to walk out and about. We saw lots of crabs and other creatures walking around. We also saw the Lighthouse. Amazing National Park & Monument. Recommended for families, people with disabilities, and dogs on leash.

walking
2 months ago

$10 to walk in (parking was full and didn’t want to waste time waiting in line). Didn’t get to see as much as I wanted- very grassy. Saw a lobster- but was hoping for some starfish and an octopus! Maybe next time- will go back and pay the extra bucks to get an annual pass.

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bugs
no shade
3 months ago

First ones there at 9 AM with my two corgis and it was extremely quiet. Nothing too strenuous.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trails for kids. Lots of climbing and adventures for the mourns ones!

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6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful hike along the coast

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no shade
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

I have gone a handful of times now both with avid hikers and people who do not hike at all. It is a nice walk to take if you aren't looking for anything intense. there's a few stairs but nothing intense. The ocean is beautiful, the caves are cool, I definitely recommend checking it out.

hiking
9 months ago

A regular stop for my visits to Pt Cabrillo National Monument. Always enjoy low tide, of course.

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no shade
9 months ago

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closed
9 months ago

The monument isn’t open until 9am each day. Unfortunately we arrived around 7am and weren’t able to hike the trail. We did spend some time checking out Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery so we in no way thought the drive was wasted.

hiking
11 months ago

Great views of the ocean and a few sea caves!

hiking
Wed Jun 05 2019

Go during low tide and explore Watch your kids on the cliffs Short hike with some steps Views were great No “beach” sand areas No beach buckets allowed or toys 20$ Pay to visit but for a certain amount of days

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

Perfect trail and if you want to explore more you can climb down on the rock and get up close and see the waves come up. It's beautiful and so peaceful to watch. Great, hike to do with kids as well. Just if you go down to the rocks watch where you step because it can get slippery. Parking is $20.00

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Sun Apr 14 2019

Don't let some of the reviews scare you, took five children under 10 with one only 18 months and this was ver doable for them. As others mentioned, go during lowtide and you'll be blessed with quite the treat. We saw lobsters, anemones, various crabs, and even an octopus! This little hike was one of my family's highlights during our trip to San Diego.

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rocky
Sun Apr 07 2019

great trail hike, the view was incredible one of my best hikes ever!!!

Mon Mar 18 2019

Outstanding short hike that gets you up close and personal with waves pounding against dramatic sea cliffs.

Tue Mar 05 2019

Note- $20 entry fee to monument park for access to trail.

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scramble
Mon Mar 04 2019

Ran down from lighthouse to the tide pools, recent rains have made steps dodgy had to go slower. Ocean was rough so no going near tide pools.

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off trail
rocky
Sun Feb 24 2019

Great views! Beautiful area with lots of history. A little sketchy for smaller ones, but totally manageable. Highly recommend!

Wed Jan 09 2019

Pretty views of the water

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

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!

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