||We have three coastal areas to visit today: Sometimes-misty cliff-top views at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, pounding surf near Pt. Loma tide pools/rocks and a spectacular view of San Diego from Cabrillo National Mounment and it's lower-sloped Bayside Trail, are all in store for today's hike.
Car pools will depart Hillcrest by 9:15 am. Target time to meet in the parking lot of Sunset Cliffs Natural park is 9:45 am. This is one of our more popular summer hikes, so come join the fun!! Follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd. all the way thru Ocean Beach and along the water, out to it's end, where it curves left into Ladera St., then turn right off Ladera and Cornish Drive onto the short dirt road that leads to the parking area of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. After we explore that area, we'll drive on out to the end of Pt. Loma (thru Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetary) and just short of Cabrillo Nat. Monument, turn right, down the steep Pacific-side road to the tide pool area. Finally, we'll drive back up to Cabrillo Nat. Monument, pay the modest parking fee, then check out the spectacular views of San Diego and the Pt. Loma Lighthouse, before descending the Bayside Trail.
For more detailed info. on the area, refer to "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" by J.Schad, 1998 Edition, Area B-3 Point Loma, pp. 39-42. Also, check out our Maps of the area for more details.
Also, check out some great photos taken by Jim Ruboyianes on our last hike in those areas, Sept. 2000. They can be viewed at: http://TrailHiker.homestead.com/files/CabrilloPtLoma01.htm