Continuing Education: Bayside Trail

With the Bayside Trail slated to reopen to the public this Saturday, barring any last-minute delays, here’s a refresher taken from the Cabrillo Reference Manual on all that it has to offer our guests.

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On the southeast side of the park, the trail follows an old military road winding down from the top of the park toward San Diego Bay. On a clear day you can see the mountains of Mexico to the south, the Laguna mountains to the east behind the San Diego skyline, North Island Naval Air Station, and the Coronado Bridge. The 2.5 mile roundtrip is easily done by kids and adults of all hiking abilities. But even though it’s relatively short, the uphill return gives a good workout with an approximately 340-foot elevation gain that could be challenging for hikers with respiratoty or heart problems. Benches and stopping points provide perfect places to take in one of the most beautiful views in the county while you catch your breath. Hiking time is estimated at 1 to 2 hours, though you are likely to encounter many repeat local visitors using it as part of their weekly workout (think ½ hour round-trip). There are no restrooms or water along this trail, so hikers are asked to bring water with them, especially in the warm summer months. There is also no access to the beach at any point on the trail, and pets and bikes are not allowed. As in any natural area, there are environmental hazards to watch out for, including toxic plants and animals and fragile cliff faces. The downhill portion of the trail ends overlooking Ballast Point where nuclear-powered submarines are now docked in the same place Cabrillo’s ships anchored after three months at sea in 1542. Cabrillo’s statue looms on the bluff about 300 feet above you. You’re at the half-way point. Continue reading “Continuing Education: Bayside Trail”

Gray Whale Migration

Here’s a timely excerpt from the Cabrillo Reference Manual (E-binder) about the gray whale migration.  Enjoy! Gray Whale Migration – Witness the Annual Winter Journey Each winter, the Pacific gray whales pass by the western overlooks of Cabrillo National Monument. After spending the summer feeding in the food-rich waters of the Arctic, the whales swim south along the coast to the bays of Baja California, where they mate … Continue reading Gray Whale Migration

Next Week at Cabrillo; 18-26 October

Next week is another activity-filled week at Cabrillo National Monument. Tomorrow, there’s the Dusty Socks Club walk of the Embarcadero, beginning at 3 PM near The Kiss statue south of the USS Midway and ending at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Tuesday morning, enjoy the flora, fauna, and history of the Bayside Trail with one of our volunteers guiding the walk from 10 AM – noon. … Continue reading Next Week at Cabrillo; 18-26 October

O Dark Thirty

The sun had yet to rise for dawn and a steady trickle of volunteers made their pilgrimage down to the tidepools.  Their quest: to help remove trash from the rocky intertidal area at Cabrillo.  The -0.9 low tide at 6:11am not only allowed easier access to the trash but allowed the volunteers a unique experience: early morning within Cabrillo National Monument’s amazing tidepools without the … Continue reading O Dark Thirty