Help Us Fund a New Trail

Visitors need a trail to the tidepools. We need your help to make it happen.

Cabrillo National Monument Foundation is raising funds to build a new hiking trail to provide safe pedestrian access to the tidepool area. Construction will start in Fall 2022 but first, we need to raise the remaining funding needed by August 2022.


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Over the years, Park visitors have expressed a desire to safely walk from the upper area of the Park to the tidepool area in the lower area of the Park. Hiking to the tidepools is of particular interest during low tides when there is often no available parking in the tidepool area. No available parking increases congestion which results in closing vehicle access to the tidepool area.


The Park’s long-term plan includes construction of a trail from the upper area of the Park with switchbacks down a hillside that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and meets the Rocky Intertidal Zone or known as the tidepools. In addition, the plan includes improvements to the coastal trail for wheelchair and stroller accessibility.


Cabrillo National Monument Foundation is asking its constituents, philanthropic community, and public to help raise over $250,000 to complete the future trail, make accessibility improvements to the coastal trail, and additional funding to enhance the interpretive and education experience along the future trail.

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  • Fall of 2022  – Trail construction
  • 2023 – Trail estimated completion
  • 2024 – Interpretive and Education elements implemented on future trail
  • Fall 2025 – Coast trail accessibility improvements begin


This is more than a trail. There are health, safety and access, education, preservation and protection benefits to its creation.

Health – Many visitors and local community members hike to improve their health. The Trail would provide additional hiking opportunities and safe pedestrian access and use in this amazing urban National Park.

Safety & Access – Currently, the only safe way to access the tidepools is by vehicle. When the tidepool parking lots are full, particularly at low tide, many visitors are unable to access and enjoy this natural and beautiful treasure. Many visitors walk from the upper Park area down the road to the tidepools. The road has a steep gradient, no shoulder and no sidewalk.

The Trail will create a safe pathway for pedestrians to hike and access the tidepool area. Switchbacks will lessen the elevation gradient and benches will be installed for visitors to enjoy spectacular views of the new Point Loma Lighthouse, the tidepools, and the ocean. In the winter, the trail will provide additional vantage point for viewing the annual grey whale migration to lagoons in Mexico.

Education – Thousands of school children each year, many from underserved communities, are bussed to the Park. The Trail will provide additional interpretive and educational opportunities for youth to learn about the Park’s natural, historical, and cultural resources.

For self-guided visitors, the Trail will have wayside interpretive signs offered in braille, English, and Spanish. Additional educational opportunities offered at the Park will further spark creativity, interest in nature and science, and inspire the next generation of Park stewards.

CNMF funds Park education programs and accessibility improvements around the Park, visit “What We Fund” above to learn more about these impactful and enriching opportunities.

Preservation & Protection – The Trail will guide visitors on the specified pathway. This will protect and preserve the natural resources in the Park including endangered species such as Orcutt’s Spineflower, the California gnatcatcher, and the native landscape.

Social trails made by visitors are detrimental to the mission and beauty of the Park. With generous funding from the National Park Foundation Service Corps Grant, California Conservation Corps has already restored .51 acres of habitat required before construction of the Trail.


This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg.


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Trail is also made possible from generous contributions by

Buzz and Helen Kinnaird
Laub Family Trust
In Memory of Jim Lester
Eve and Jeff Jones-Burton
The Brazell Family
Margaret R Seeley Charitable Foundation





and the below members and donors like you. Thank you.

  • Richard and Rosalie Bregante
  • In Memory of Dr. Robert M. Epsten Jr.
  • Marilyn Gibbs & Les Williamson
  • James Hare and Betsy McCullough
  • The Harrington Family Fund
  • Ira D. Levine
  • Chip Owen
  • Allison and Robert Price Family Foundation
  • The San Diego Foundation
  • Thomas and Kathy Sayer
  • Sypkens Family Charitable Fund
  • Lt. Col Peter Lee Tancredi, USA (Ret)
  • Allan and Paula Wasserman
  • Josh and Sally Weinman
  • Michael and Deborah Whitehurst
  • In honor of Mike and Rose Veal
  • Pamela Zuckerman


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National Park Service
Cabrillo National Monument
Trail Management Plan and Environmental Assessment
September 2019 | Available upon request to emily@cnmf.orgcreate new email

Cabrillo National Monument Foundation


Emily M Moore
Executive Director, Cabrillo National Monument Foundation
619-523-4255 office
emily@cnmf.orgcreate new email


In February 2022, the Joshua Tree National Park Trail Crew assisted Cabrillo National Monument staff with flagging the final route of the trail corridor. Cabrillo Resources Management staff ensured the route protects endangered plant species and reduces erosion.


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