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Trail of the Month: Cabrillo Memorial Drive


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Great for
Running

Difficulty Level
Easy

Distance
6 miles

Where: Start in the parking lot by Peet’s Coffee at Hill Street and Catalina Boulevard. Run south on Catalina, which will turn into Cabrillo Memorial Drive. Follow it past the cemetery to the check-in station for the national monument. Turn around here for a 6-mile run, or pay $3 to walk on and then follow the steep trail down to the right to the lighthouse. Turn around there for an 8-mile total run.

Why We Love It: This route has rolling hills that make it more of a challenge, plus a big ascent on the way back from the lighthouse. But it also offers gorgeous views of the ocean and San Diego Bay, plus those cool sea breezes. If you make it to the lighthouse, you feel like you’ve run to the edge of the earth—or at least the edge of the United States.

Where to refuel afterwards: Get coffee, snacks, or frozen yogurt at Peet’s, Fresh & Easy, and Cup of Yo at your starting point, or head further north on Catalina to get Bloody Beers or Bloody Masons (seriously, trust us) and frittatas at To The Point Eatery (4161 Voltaire Street).

 

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