Panoramic Views of San Diego from Mt. Soledad


Mount Soledad Veterans MemorialOne of the first places I take any visitor is Mount Soledad. It provides a birds eye view, at 822 feet above sea level, of our entire metropolitan area from Mexico to Camp Pendleton and from the Pacific Ocean to our mountains. On a crystal clear day (often after a rain storm or during a Santa Ana during the winter months), you can clearly see homes in Mexico and the snow capped mountains in Los Angeles (Mount San Antonio also known as Old Baldy), San Bernardino (San Gorgonio Mountain), and Riverside (Mount San Jacinto) Counties. All of these peaks reach over 10,000 feet.

Southern View towards DowntownThe pictures I’ve posted here are from what could be considered a typical day with some haze as you look out into the distance. When I give a tour to my visitors, I point out the views towards the south including downtown San Diego, Mission Bay, Coronado, Cabrillo National Monument, Tijuana, and the Coronado Islands off of the coast of Tijuana.

Western view towards La Jolla CoveTo the west, I like to point out La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores with its Scripps Pier, and Torrey Pines. No matter what day or time you look out over the Pacific Ocean, the view is different depending on the location of the sun and level of haze in the air. I never get tired of visiting this beautiful spot because the experience is always different.  Sometimes, fog rolls in and you are able to look out over the fog.

Northeastern View towards Black and Palomar MountainsTo the north, I point out Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, and on clear days the mountains to the north.

Western View towards MCAS MiramarFinally, to the east, I direct their attention to MCAS Miramar (where Top Gun and Pensacola Wings of Gold were filmed) and Cuyamaca Peak (2nd highest in San Diego at 6,512 feet).

Viewing Northwest towards Scripps Pier and Torrey PinesTo get an idea of the panoramic view you will find from Mt. Soledad, check out this great high-definition video created by on their website. The video requires java. If you do not already have the free program on your computer, you should be prompted to download it after clicking on

Southwestern View of Mission Bay, Point Loma, and Coronado IslandsThis is one of a few locations in San Diego that provides a panoramic view of our beautiful San Diego County. I’ll share the other locations in future posts. For now, enjoy these helpful resources about Mt. Soledad and let us know about any tidbits you have for this location.

Western view towards Cuyamaca PeakDirections for Mt. Soledad using Google. Be aware that you may encounter some heavy traffic on the I-5 and SR-52 if you use either of those routes when leaving Mt. Soledad during the evening rush hour. Mt. Soledad is located 10 minutes north of downtown San Diego, not including the 5 minute drive up the hill.

Cycling Routes to Mt. Soledad from Wikipedia

Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

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