Sunset Cliffs Natural Park - Hiking

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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park has a gorgeous, 3-mile family-friendly hike along the coast.

Written by

Taylor Reilly


3.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

5.6 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Less than an hour for the hiking, but you may want to spend some more time exploring or enjoying the area.


All Seasons

Dog Friendly




Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a city park that extends out on the Point Loma peninsula and is a great place to get pictures of a unique coastal landscape. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park has a gorgeous, 3-mile family-friendly hike along the shoreline, as well as access to coastal paddling. There are some amazing cliff formations and coastal arches to see along the trail.

What Makes It Great

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a unique park, unlike anything else you will find in California. There are several points to access the trail, but the easiest is at the corner of Ladera St. and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. in the Hillside section. From here, there is easy access to the stairs leading to tidepools, and to the path that meanders along the coast. The trail extends 1.5 miles one-way, with viewpoints, the Sandstone Arch, and Cormorant Rock. 

Sunset Cliffs is also a great place for experienced kayakers to paddle one of SoCal's most beautiful destinations, and to have an even more intimate look at the seaside cliff formations. You can access the water from Bermuda Avenue or Orchard Avenue and paddle along the cliffside shore. There is an abundance of sea life to see as you paddle, including seals and dolphins. 

Whether you hike or paddle around these iconic cliffs, you're sure to have a memorable and worthwhile experience. 

Who is Going to Love It

Sunset Cliffs is a wonderful family hike, a perfect place to take a date, or a great spot to enjoy a beautiful west coast sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The easiest way to access the trail is from 4501 Ladera Street in San Diego.

Written by Taylor Reilly for RootsRated.

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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

1253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92107
32.733434, -117.255678

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