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Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail

EASY 113 reviews

Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail is a 1 mile 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: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 45 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
closed
2 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
3 months ago

Great views of the ocean and a few sea caves!

hiking
4 months ago

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
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

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.

hiking
off trail
rocky
7 months ago

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

9 months ago

Pretty views of the water

hiking
Monday, September 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!

hiking
Monday, August 27, 2018

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.

nature trips
Monday, August 20, 2018

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.

nature trips
Monday, August 20, 2018

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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

we really enjoyed the tide pools, cactus and knowledgable rangers

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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

walking
Sunday, July 22, 2018

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

hiking
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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.

walking
Saturday, May 26, 2018

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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Nice but so short it’s almost pointless

hiking
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Never disappoints!

hiking
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Friday, March 09, 2018

Amazing views! Short trail with steps but worth the hike. Get there early to avoid the crowds. No flip flops, slippery at times if you get down to the water.

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