Mount Soledad Looks Over Historic San Diego
For an unparalleled look at San Diego, head to Mount Soledad. Located between Interstate 5 and the Pacific Ocean, Mount Soledad towers 822 feet into the air and offers spectacular views of San Diego, La Jolla, the Pacific Ocean and Mexico.
Cycling on Mount Soledad
Cycling is a very popular activity on Mount Soledad. There are a variety of long steady climbs, and light traffic makes it an excellent place for cyclists to enjoy. Numerous routes along with links to maps can be found here. For those not inclined to make the bicycle journey up the hill, many companies offer downhill cycling tours of Mount Soledad, including San Diego Bike & Kayak, La Jolla Kayak and Hike Bike Kayak.
Kate Sessions Memorial Park
Located atop Mount Soledad is Kate Sessions Memorial Park. Named after the “mother of Balboa Park”, Kate Sessions integrated and planted many of the plants and flowers you see in the park. The park sits on 79 acres of prime hilltop land and offers wonderful views of open fields as well as sweeping views of the surrounding area. The park contains picnic tables, playgrounds, barbecue pits and much more. The park is not normally crowded, so it makes a great place to get away for the afternoon. The park is open from dawn to dusk, and parking and entrance is free.
Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial
Mount Soledad is also home to the Veterans Memorial. The memorial was created to honor veterans who have served our country and to educate the public about that service. Over 3,000 black granite plaques adorn the park and tell the stories of veterans both living and deceased.
The memorial contains a large concrete Christian cross, built in 1913, that has been the center of controversy surrounding the display of religious symbols on government property. The cross was restored in 2008.
The memorial is open from 7am to 10pm daily and is located at 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla, CA, 92037.
Mount Soledad boasts many stunning properties, and one of its most famous inhabitants was Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. His widow, Audrey Geisel still lives atop Mount Soledad in a lavish home that includes an observation tower. The home is referred to as the “Seuss House” by locals.
Parking is plentiful at stops along Mount Soledad, and picnicking is encouraged. Mount Soledad can get a bit chilly so be sure to bring a jacket or sweater.