Hiking Project Logo

blue Point Loma Tide Pools

Trail

0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
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°)

Dogs

No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by John Shuttlesworth

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

John Shuttlesworth

Features Birding · Wildlife

Family Friendly A great place for kids to enjoy sea life in some easy to reach tide pools.

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.

Hiked this trail?

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow hikers know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

Jul 13, 2019
Dylan Payne
Dec 8, 2018
Matt Souerwine

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 2 votes

#5587

Overall
  4.5 from 2 votes
5 Star
50%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#569

in California

#5,587

Overall
73 Views Last Month
467 Since Apr 23, 2018
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
50%
50%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking