Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial
La Jolla CA 92037
- Mon: 7am-10pm
- Tue: 7am-10pm
- Wed: 7am-10pm
- Thu: 7am-10pm
- Fri: 7am-10pm
- Sat: 7am-10pm
- Sun: 7am-10pm
The 822 foot Mt. Soledad is known for great hiking and cycling trails, impressive views from the top, and a popular memorial at its summit. The Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial is marked by a massive cross, a landmark that has been the source of much controversy in San Diego. Nonetheless, like the cross at the top of Mount Helix in Eastern San Diego, the cross that tops the summit of Mt. Soledad is visible from many areas in Northern San Diego, including Clairemont Mesa and Pacific Beach. The Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial is considered one of the most unique in the country, and features 3,300 plaques honoring military veterans from all American branches.
Parking and public transportation at Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial
Two primary parking lots are located along La Jolla Scenic Drive, both of which are very close to the memorial itself. Parking is plentiful, and finding a spot is not likely to be an issue.
Best and worst time to go to Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial
The memorial itself is open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Daylight hours are recommended for hiking the outdoor trails or sightseeing.
Admission to Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial
Admission to the Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial is free thanks to donations given to the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association. For info on joining the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, click here.
Must see and do at Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial
- Explore the memorial, including the giant cross and the various plaques.
- Try some photography; there are phenomenal views in every direction.
- Start at Kate O. Sessions Park and hike to Mt. Soledad for one of many hikes in the area.
Other places to visit near Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial
The Marine Room
With a memorable blue seahorse for a logo, this nearby restaurant specializes in French cuisine. La Jolla is among the most affluent areas around San Diego, so expect the prices to reflect that.
For much more of a beach setting, check out the nearby Kellog Park. With a large grass field, boardwalk, and room for BBQ's, Kellog Park is well worth the short drive from Mt. Soledad.
Known for a cozy atmosphere and unique options like the Pizza Bismark for breakfast, this local restaurant has a daily seasonal selections and even a menu for dogs.
Insider tip for visitors to Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial
Mt. Soledad was the final home of notable children's author, Dr. Seuss. Also, the giant cross has been a source of controversy since 1989, primarily because many people see the giant religious symbol on government property as an infringement on the separation of church and state.
Author's bio: After a seven year career in the US Navy, Nicholas Napier completed his MBA and settled in California. He's published over 40 articles as the San Diego Fitness Trends Examiner, and regularly contributes as a freelance writer to various companies.