La Playa Trail, the oldest commercial route in the western United States, follows the shore of Point Loma, starting at Ballast Point and continuing north along Rosecrans Street to Old Town, across Mission Valley Nature Preserve, to Friars Road, and eastward to Mission San Diego, and beyond.
This Trail has witnessed most of the early history of San Diego. It was first traversed by Kumeyaay Indians and later by early European settlers.
La Playa Trail has been in continual daily use by Europeans since April 1, 1769, when the Spanish packet San Antonio arrived from La Paz as part of the advance party of the Serra-Portola Expedition, which colonized Alta California for Spain.
Registered Historic Sites
Much of the history of San Diego has happened along La Playa Trail. Seventy registered historic sites have been identified on this path.
Point Loma and La Playa Trail in Literature
La Playa Trail Association was founded in 2005 to continue the work of the 1930's historians who erected six monuments along the historic La Playa Trail, which stretched from Ballast Point (the first port of San Diego) to San Diego Mission, and beyond.
There are numerous registered historic sites between Ballast Point and the Presidio.
Our goal is to reconstruct, refurbish, and add new markers that identify historic sites, and also educate the public about Point Loma's history.
La Playa Trail Association is a registered 501 | c | 3 Federal Non-Profit Corporation
PO BOX 60594 San Diego, CA 92166 LaPlayaTrail@gmail.com
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