Although inland temperatures will have fallen dramatically by Sunday, it will still be perfect weather for a 8.5 mile beach hike from Border Field to Silver Strand State Park. Come and enjoy sun, sand, wildlife and conversation along this beautiful (but sometimes maligned) stretch of coast.
We'll meet in the Coronado Cays, take half the cars and drive down to Border Field State Park. See below for directions!
At Border Field SP, we'll walk past sediment ponds designed to keep trash and sediment from Mexico and draconian Border Patrol construction projects out of the Estuary, on up to Monument Mesa for some stunning views, and start our beach trek from the newly completed Surf Fence.
Along the way, we'll ford the mouth of the Estuary, wend our way through IB, and then hike several miles through a nearly deserted stretch, before arriving at Silver Strand State Park. We'll see seabirds galore, and hopefully pods dolphins playing in the surf, along with various "oddities" that wash up on the beach (the Navy doesn't clean their beaches as the cities and parks do).
We'll then get back in our cars and head back to IB for lunch at the Tin Fish at the end of the pier (they also serve beer : ). This part's optional, so if you think you might want to skip this, make sure your car stays in the Cays so you can head home. I guestimate getting back to our cars at the Cays around 1p
Don't forget water, sunscreen, hat, swimsuit, water shoes, $$$ for optional lunch.
Directions: http://tinyurl.com/BeachHikeParking. From the north, take I5 to the 75 and cross the Coronado bridge. After coming off the bridge, get in the left lane, make a left on Orange, head south through Coronado until it becomes Silver Strand Blvd. Make a left on Coronado Cays Blvd, wave at the guards, and take the traffic circle to the left, staying on C. Cays Blvd. Take it until it dead ends at a small park, and park.
From the Southbay, exit Palm from the 5, turn right. Stay to the right when Palm splits (Near the CVS and Jack in the Box). Palm will become Hwy 75/Silver Strand Blvd. Head north a few miles, and make a right on Coronado Cays Blvd, wave at the guards, and take the traffic circle to the left, staying on C. Cays Blvd. Take it until it dead ends at a small park, and park.