In the Hills of Point Loma

By Karen Scanlon   Scattered in the hills over Point Loma’s military reservation are the concrete remains of 12 artillery batteries, and 15 searchlight bunkers. Some of these 60-inch GE carbon-arc lights were kept in camouflaged buildings and rolled into position along narrow-gauge tracks, while others rose from beneath the ground in pop-up shelters. What a perplexing sight for residents 100 years ago of steam-driven … Continue reading In the Hills of Point Loma

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”

Fort Rosecrans Goes to War!

Mark your calendars for an event-filled weekend commemorating Fort Rosecrans’ role in the start of World War II.  Click on the image below for all the details.   Fort Rosecrans Goes to War December 6-7, 2014 Program Schedule All Weekend 9:30am – 3:00pm – Tour the military encampment and bunker Saturday December 6, 2014 9:00am – Park Opens – (coffee and doughnut service for donation) … Continue reading Fort Rosecrans Goes to War!

Appalachian Spring

Good Friends, I hope fall finds you well and you are enjoying the San Diego subtle seasonal transition.  NPS restoration crews are up here this week helping out in the lighthouse, base end station, and statue areas.  Fogginess adds to morning ambiance as we prance around on little cat feet.  There are a lot of autumnal spirited events going on around San Diego.  Go visit old … Continue reading Appalachian Spring

Next Week at Cabrillo

Here’s what’s happening at Cabrillo 24 October – 2 November: Tonight learn about the State of the VIP Program at 6:00 PM in the Park Auditorium, and hang around for a little food and camaraderie under the stars. Saturday, our military living history team opens up Battery E for Open Bunker Day from 10 AM – 4 PM. Also Saturday, CNM will be represented at … Continue reading Next Week at Cabrillo

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