our next lecture is March 12 – Join us!


Honoring Point Loma History

Honoring Point Loma History

Honoring Point Loma HistoryHonoring Point Loma HistoryHonoring Point Loma History

La Playa Trail Association was founded to commemorate the oldest commercial route in the western United States.

Our community PROJECTS

Trail Markers


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.

Trail Talks


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


Point Loma

Learn more about our community and its rich history, from the Kumeyaay Indians, Spanish explorers, to recent maritime activities. 

About Us


About Us

 La Playa Trail Association was founded in 2005 to commemorate the oldest European route 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 Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission  Valley, and beyond. (photo credit: Sande Lollis)


Trail History

 La Playa Trail was in use by the Kumeyaay 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 San Diego's first port until Alonzo Horton's founding of New San Diego in 1869. 


Our Mission

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


Point Loma - Images of America

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 La Playa Trail Association presents the book Point Loma, an exceptional collection of pictures and commentary that chronicles 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 La Playa Trail Association.