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Point Loma Tide Pools

Intermediate

Trail

0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 89' 27 m
Descent: -32' -10 m
High: 102' 31 m
Low: 24' 7 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by John Shuttlesworth

A nice run to a rocky coastline filled with tide pools and endless views.

John Shuttlesworth

Features Birding · Wildlife

Follow all posted rules and restrictions at the trailhead entrance. Some of the tide pools can be closed at different times due to rehabilitation. Protect our wildlife and obey posted signs.

Need to Know

As with other trails in this area, please obey all posted signage as this National Monument shares a border with government and military land.

Description

This trail can begin or end at either parking area, but the southerly parking area is larger and accommodates more cars. It is easy to follow and well-signed, with a surface that is mainly sand and rock with many steps that lead you up and down the rocky shoreline. The trail follows along the southern coast of Point Loma as you explore the tide pools and enjoy the birds and sea life.

Overall, it is fun for all ages and offers some unique formations created by heavy winds and the unrelenting surge of the Pacific Ocean. Although the trail is short and easy to navigate, it does travel over very uneven ground, so attention should be paid to footing when traveling along the rocky cliffs that form this section of coastline.

Flora & Fauna

You'll likely spot a variety of small sea life and plenty of local bird life including pelicans and other seafaring birds.

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Point Loma Tidepools in Cabrillo National Monument.
Oct 25, 2016 near Coronado, CA
The trail meanders along the cliffs of Point Loma.
Apr 23, 2018 near Coronado, CA
Point Loma.
Oct 25, 2016 near Coronado, CA
This area has beautiful cliffs with wonderful tide pools strewn throughout.
Apr 23, 2018 near Coronado, CA

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