November 6, 2021
100 Peaks Challenge #97
Early in the 100 Peaks Challenge, there were a few peaks that we had decided we’d do on our own. The easiest of them, in every sense of the word, was Point Loma.
Point Loma, you ask? That’s a peak? Well, yes – what makes a high point a “peak” is its prominence. Point Loma may be in an urban location that we can simply drive up to; but it’s 402 feet above sea level, and it’s practically surrounded by the sea – so yeah, it’s a peak!
The others in my peakbagging crew did this peak months ago, so it was about time I got it done. This is my last peak until our planned three-peak finale in December. It was a pretty fun day. The five of us – Tad, the kids, Mackie, and I – left around noon and went to Liberty Station for lunch. I got a California lobster roll which is like a Maine lobster roll except with lettuce and avocado. Yum.
After wandering around the shops a bit we got back in the car and headed to Cabrillo National Monument. We’ve been there many times before, but it’s been a long time – certainly the kids barely remembered it from past visits. The first thing we did after parking was go to the lighthouse and bag my peak, yeah! That was easy. We explored the lighthouse exhibits and ocean viewpoints, then headed down the nearby Bayside Trail a ways to see the WWII relics. I have hiked this trail once before a verrrrry long time ago. When I first moved to San Diego in 1995 I lived in Ocean Beach, so this was one of the first areas I explored. I have not hiked it since. We hiked less than half of it, so maybe sometime I’ll come back on my own.