our next lecture is March 12 – Join us!

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Celebrating Point Loma History

Celebrating Point Loma History

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La Playa Trail Association was founded to commemorate the oldest commercial route in the western U.S.

Our community PROJECTS

Trail Markers

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70 Registered Historic Sites exist between Ballast Point and the Presidio.


Our goal is to reconstruct, refurbish, and add new markers that identify these historic sites along the Trail.

Lecture Series

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Our Next Lecture


March 12 at 5:30 PM


Join us for a fascinating talk on the rich history of the Portuguese Community in San Diego.

Our Book

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Point Loma


Learn more about our community and it's rich history, from the Kumeyaay Indians, Spanish Explorers, to recent maritime activities.  

About Us

About Us

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 La Playa Trail Association was founded to commemorate the oldest European trail along the Pacific Coast. First traversed  by  Kumeyaay Indians, and later by  Spanish explorers, who, under Juan  Rodriguez Cabrillo, laid claim to Alta California. The Trail stretches  from the harbor entrance to the Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission  Valley, and beyond. 


photo credit: Sande Lollis

Trail History

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 La Playa Trail is the oldest commercial trail in the Western United States.  It was in use by the Indians prior to April 11, 1769, when the Spanish brigantine San Antonio arrived with the advance party of the Portola Expedition.  It was the main link between the Mission, Old San Diego, and La Playa, which served as our port until Alonzo Horton's  founding of New San Diego in 1869. 

Our Mission

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The mission of La Playa Trail Association is to preserve, restore, enhance, commemorate, and educate the public about the Trail and the associated historic sites located between Ballast Point and the north side of Presidio Park.

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Point Loma - Images of America

$20.00
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 La Playa Trail Association presents the book Point Loma, an  exceptional collection of pictures and commentary that chronicle the  history of the Point Loma Peninsula, its neighborhoods, maritime  traditions, military connections, development, and people. 


Available at many of our local shops, online, and directly through the La Playa Trail Association.