“A nice hike to a rocky coastline filled with tide pools and endless views.”
— John Shuttlesworth
Birding · Wildlife
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.
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.