Check Out the Wildflowers at Cabrillo National Monument Before They Go

Wildflowers seen at Cabrillo National Monument in 2010
Wildflowers seen at Cabrillo National Monument in 2010

If you're in the San Diego area, there's still time to see wildflowers at the city's only National Park Service unit. Although Cabrillo National Monument was established to commemorate the voyage of Juan Cabrillo--he explored California for Spain--there's much more to the 156-acre plot on Point Loma, such as checking out the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, exploring tide pools and enjoying the views of downtown San Diego and the harbor.

The park is light on hiking--the moderately steep bayside trail is only two miles out-and-back--but it offers visitors a chance to see a wide variety of wildflowers, which are in full bloom right now and should stay that way through mid-May. The major three found at the park are Sea Dahlia, Coast Monkey Flower and Encelia.

For those into taking photos of wildflowers, spots are still available for Saturday, April 30th's photography hike at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are required at (619) 557-5450. The entrance fee will still apply, but there is no additional cost to participate on the hike.

The photo on this post is by Flickr user Bill Gracey. It was used under a Creative Commons License.

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