The Oldest Commercial Trail West of the Mississippi

Historical Map of the La Playa Trail
US Boundary Survey 1850

The La Playa Trail Association has been founded to commemorate the oldest European trail along the Pacific Coast. First traversed by Kumeyaay Indians, and later by Spanish explorers, who, under Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, laid claim to Alta California. The Trail stretches from the harbor entrance to the Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley, and beyond.

Presenting the History of Hawaiians on La Playa

Dr. Rick Kennedy, Professor of History at Point Loma Nazarene University will be sharing the history of Hawaiians on La Playa, 1820-1840's May 25th, at Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot Street, Point Loma.

Refreshments served from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm with the presentation beginning at 6:00. Suggested donation at the door of $10.00.

Dr. Kennedy has spoken to the La Playa Trail Association on two other occasions and was very entertaining and informative.

Announcing the La Playa Trail Association Publication

La Playa Trail Association is proud to announce the completion of our latest project! We have gathered stories and photographs of Point Loma and they will be published by Arcadia Press very soon. More information will be available soon about how to purchase copies of the book and we will post that here.

Trail History

The La Playa Trail had been in use by the Indians prior to April 11, 1769, when the Spanish brigantine San Antonio arrived with the advance party of the Portola Expedition. It is the oldest European trail on the Pacific slope, and was the main link between the Mission, Old San Diego, and La Playa, which served as our port until Alonzo Horton's founding of New San Diego in 1869.

Point Loma in 1876
Point Loma behind Coronado in 1876