Bessemer Path is a public walking trail along the bay shore in Point Loma. Adjacent to a residential neighborhood, the path is popular among locals, but not overcrowded. This off-the-beaten path destination is full of beauty and secrets that make it worth a visit.
To get here, park on the street at Talbot Street and Anchorage Lane next to the San Diego Yacht Club. A marker at La Playa Cove on Talbot Street designates the site of a Chinese fishing village from around 1860 to the early 1890’s.
Bessemer Path is a portion of the historical La Playa Trail, the oldest European trail along the Pacific Coast. Native Kumeyaay Indians were first to use the trail. According to the La Playa Trail Association, the trail is referenced by Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, the Spanish explorer who is credited for discovering the San Diego Bay on Sept. 28, 1542. We love that the trail is an important piece of San Diego history!
Enjoy the peacefulness of the bay and beautiful landscapes as you walk. A tree swing near the end of the path is an unexpected delight that adds to the charm! You’ll feel like you’ve discovered a hidden spot.
The path ends about a half mile north near the Southwestern Yacht Club. You can either loop around at that point, or continue through the neighborhood to Kelloggs Beach, a sandy “locals” beach overlooking the bay. If you want to take a classic picture of the San Diego skyline, Kelloggs Beach is where its at.
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