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Bayside Trail

Beginning Elevation: 445 Feet (138.7 Meters) visitor center
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain, Round Trip: 300 Feet (93.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 125 Feet (39.0 Meters)
Length, Round Trip: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Point of Interest: Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The Bayside Trail leads two miles through the eastern side of Cabrillo National Monument. It begins from the parking area at the visitor center and winds southward through the park grounds. The trail passes the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, where interpretive panels tell visitors about the light's history. Descending toward the point, the trail leads toward the ruins of the U.S. military defense system, which was active during World Wars I and II. The trail follows an abandoned Army road through the monument as and coastal sage scrub. The trail provides excellent views of the San Diego Bay.

Directions from Visitor Center: The trail leads southward from the parking area toward the Loma Point Lighthouse.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Year-round .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History The trail passes an historic lighthouse and WWI and WWII military installations where panels offer interpretation.
ICON Hiking & Walking Bayside Trail
ICON Bird Identification Bayside Trail
ICON Plant Identification Bayside Trail
ICON Viewing Historic Sites The trail passes an historic lighthouse and WWI and WWII military installations where panels offer interpretation.
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Bayside Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Bayside Trail

Related Activities
Cabrillo National Monument Visitor Center - The visitor center is open daily at Cabrillo National Monument and provides a variety of information resources for the public.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse - The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is open to the public daily for a self-guided tour of the furnished Victorian interior.

More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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