Cabrillo National Monument: Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail

San Diego, CA
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 5    Average: 3.6/5]

The Bluffs trail at Cabrillo National Monument is a fun and easy one mile out and back trail. There are a lot of stairs and steep cliffs on the edge of the trail to watch out for, but overall the kids really love hiking this trail and the views are gorgeous! End your hike at the Point Loma tidepools. You should check the tide charts online before you plan your trip because if you go at high tide you won’t be able to get to the tidepools. Once you are done here, you can spend the rest of your day exploring the rest of the Cabrillo National Monument!

Restroom: There are pit toilets in the parking lot next to the trailhead.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 45 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Beach, Natural Play Area, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Fun trail with tidepools to explore!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $15.00

To enter Cabrillo National Monument, you need to pay $15 per car. Once you pass the toll booth, take your first right down a very big hill. After you make a sharp right turn at the bottom of the hill, the parking lot will be on your left.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 5    Average: 3.6/5]

Hike it Baby member since spring 2016. Current HiB Asheville NC Branch Ambassador. Past HiB San Diego CA and Orange County CA Branch Ambassador, and past National Team volunteer for Community Values, HiB30 Challenge Prizes, Mentor, and Ambassador Continued Education teams.