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Cabrillo Tide Pools Trail, CA

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Distance Round Trip 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 50 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.75
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Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 137
Routes 111
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Trips 942 map ( 2,097 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Dec, Feb, Mar, Jan
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:31am - 5:58pm
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There is no deep end to this pool!
by PaleoRob

Overview: Cabrillo National Monument was set up for two reasons - to preserve its historic lighthouse and associated structures, and protect some of the best tide pools in southern California. The Tide Pools Trail take you from a cliff top down to these pools.

Warning: High surf and rip tides can pose significant hazards. There is also no drinking water along this trail or at the trailhead. Although the trail is short, in summer it is easy to get dehydrated. Carry water. Jellyfish can be present in the pools - be cautious.

Hike: The trail starts in the parking lot behind the Coast Guard Installation. There is an interpretive kiosk at the trailhead that tells about some of the animals you can find in the tide pools, and how you can protect them. The trail is barked and continues across the cliff top for a short distance and then drops down to a sandy ledge above the beach. From there you need to find a route down to the beach itself. The routes down are not difficult but change depending on the tides so they are not described in detail. Check with the rangers about tides so you can figure out if there are likely to be lots of pools with animals, or very few. Once you are down on the beach, there are many pools that you can explore. Be very careful as you make your way to the different locations - some of the rocks will be wet and mossy. In addition the animals of the tide pools are fragile. Take care that you do not walk on the fragile organisms that are the reason for the trail in the first place! The organisms, like anemones, starfish, crabs, and fish, have been decreasing in numbers in recent years - your participation is important to the protection of this resource. Don't handle, disturb, or harass any of the creatures you encounter.

You are free to wander up and down the beach at will, though at the south end of the beach there is a section that is closed to the public to study how tide pools recover from visitation. Do not pass the fence line. When you have finished exploring, return to the trail and your car by the same route you came in.

Water Sources: None.

Camping: None allowed. The tide pools close at 4:30pm daily.

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2010-03-21 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Parked at the south TH, looked to be shorter if you start from the north TH, although it's pretty short no matter what. Pretty cool area, although we went at high tide so we couldn't go down into the tide pools. It would be wise to call ahead to ask when the best time of day to see the pools would be before planning a visit.
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    Took the wife to San Diego - she requested a "trip home". She wanted to go home "one last time" in case her illness takes a turn for the worse. :( The doctors think it is Crohn's though, so I thought she was overreacting. Anyway, since the GG trip kinda went sideways and she started feeling better after I got home, we headed out for San Diego. This was one of her favorite locations growing up as a kid. The pools have been hit really hard, though, from when she was young.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Downtown San Diego
    * Take Harbor Drive past the airport
    * Turn left onto Rosecrans Street
    * Turn right onto Canon Street
    * Turn left onto Catalina Blvd. (also known as Cabrillo Memorial Drive)
    * Follow Catalina Blvd. all the way to the end
    page created by PaleoRob on Mar 21 2010 9:41 am
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