Tide Pool Exploration

On the western side of Point Loma lies the rocky intertidal zone, a window into the ocean ecosystem that lies along of San Diego's coast.  During periods of low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions.  In them you may see flowery anemones, elusive octopi, spongy deadman's fingers, and a myriad of other creatures. The tide will be below 0 feet at 1:38 PM - yay! There's also a 2 mile trail that affords phenomenal views of the bay and downtown.

The entrance fee is $5 per vehicle, so we can park in Point Loma and carpool in - or not, it's completely up to you.

Please keep in mind that algae-covered rocks are wet and slippery.  Because you can expect to get wet, wear shoes with good traction and wear clothes you don't mind getting wet. The intertidal area is a very sensitive ecosystem.  Few animals in this ecosystem can harm humans, but many animals are sensitive, and can even be killed, when handled or just touched by humans. Look with your eyes, not with your hands!

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  • Susie

    Note to self: Next time, schedule 1 hour in advance. But, nature is cool regardless of the schedule we try to force onto it.

    April 7, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Thanks Kevin & Serg. I'm sure next time will be better.

    April 7, 2013

  • Anali

    It was so much fun today!

    2 · April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got lost, running late. Still on my way

    April 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I had to park 2 parking lots down and walk. I figured since I was about 15 min late everyone would already be at the pools so I just headed down to them. I kept looking for a pink ball cap that the host was supposed to wear but no luck.

      April 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Kevin, I am still excited to try another meetup and can't wait to finally meet everyone :)

      April 6, 2013

  • Pat

    Running late (of course). Don't wait up for me. I will find you... No matter how long it takes. No matter how far. I will find you.

    April 6, 2013

    • Serg

      Great Last of the Mohicans reference.

      April 6, 2013

  • Susie

    They closed the road down to the tide pools, I'm parking in the main lot and walking down.

    April 6, 2013

  • Sri

    Crazy traffic on rosencranz!

    April 6, 2013

    • Pat

      Damn. No kidding. Should have brought a book to read.

      April 6, 2013

    • Susie

      It's not THAT bad, lol. I'm going to ferry people down in my car, don't freak out if I'm not in the parking lot when you get here.

      April 6, 2013

  • James M.

    It looks like most people just drove down to pools. Just two of us waiting at top. Will wait 15 more minutes then heading down.

    April 6, 2013

    • James M.

      Because no one else is here. :)

      April 6, 2013

    • Sri

      Lol, well if your incline I will go down with you.

      April 6, 2013

  • Serg

    I am at the monument , at the statue over looking SD bay Wearing grey shirt shorts sunglasses

    April 6, 2013

  • Sri

    On my way!

    April 6, 2013

  • Randa

    i`d like to go to this one, but the last time i went to yoga meetup i got lost and didn`t find the group. i sound like a baby but if there is a person that we can call it would be good.

    April 6, 2013

    • James M.

      I am parked near the monument parking exit. Blue Scion XA. No one parked near me right now.

      April 6, 2013

    • Susie

      I'm on my way now,[masked]-1148. I'll be the one in a pink baseball cap that smells like a horse. :D

      April 6, 2013

  • Randa

    i`d like to go to this one, but the last time i went to yoga meetup i got lost and didn`t find the group. i sound like a baby but if there is a person that we can call it would be good.

    April 6, 2013

  • Jeff

    Darn, I've got to go into work.

    April 6, 2013

  • Susie

    Great idea guys - you don't even need a host, you organize yourselves! We'll meet at the main Cabrillo lot and carpool to the tide pools. Try to be on time (or early!) and look for the ALN sign.

    April 6, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Pat's idea makes sense. I second that motion. Shall we meet at 1:00pm at the monument parking lot?

    April 6, 2013

  • Pat

    Parking by the tide pools is rather scarce. We're better off meeting at the monument lot and carpooling down. Phone reception down there is pretty spotty. It will be nigh impossible to keep in touch after we start exploring. Also, while I'm in favor of saving a buck here and there it's time for me to be a shill for the man... Please support your local parks. Your money goes towards maintenance and conservation efforts and is especially needed given the cluster-fiasco that is modern government budgeting and finance. Your pass is good for the week.

    April 6, 2013

    • Pat

      On the other hand, if you're currently in the military you can get a free annual pass.

      April 6, 2013

  • Anali

    So r we going to the parking lots all the way in? They said there are three near the low tides. Maybe we should all park in one or near by and have a meeting point.

    April 6, 2013

  • Sandy aka The Bubbly O.

    After two weeks of being sick, I need to stay home and finish taxes and projects

    April 5, 2013

  • Anali

    This one sounds like fun.

    April 5, 2013

  • Michelle K

    can't make it. bummer, have fun!

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meetup with the group, looking forward to it!

    April 3, 2013

  • Sharmaine R.

    I look forward to meeting you guys. ;)

    March 25, 2013

  • Niklaus P.

    So much good stuff for April... My work schedule isn't out yet... Should be out in the next few days though :-)

    March 25, 2013

  • Daniel

    Actually the entrance fee doesn't always apply. I drove out there on Friday and when I got to the ticket booth, I told them I was going to the tide pools and they waved me through. The $5.00 is more for the monument more than anything. So you might just get lucky, but I would still have the $5.00 ready just in case.

    March 24, 2013

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