Soledad, located in La Jolla in San Diego, California is a well-known
landmark. It is over 800 feet tall and visited by many tourists for
the fantastic sunsets and panoramic view of the surrounding area which
includes the shores of La Jolla, Coronado, Coronado Bridge, Mission
Bay and most of San Diego. The most noticeable thing about Mt Soledad
is the 43-foot cross set on it with the US flag nearby. This cross is
also called the Easter cross. Easter services are held here every year.
There is a war memorial surrounding the cross. Granite plaques in memory
of war heroes are set in the walls. From 1952 when the war memorial
was first built there for the Korean War, there has been a debate over
this cross because the cross signifies a religious symbol. In spite
of all the on-going discussion and argument, the cross continues to
stand atop the Mount Soledad.
The Mount Soledad has the distinction of being used by the Lindberghs
for glider flights back in the 1920s. Because of its height, ships and
planes use it for navigation. The Memorial Association has many special
events through the year related to honoring war veterans. You will find
many television and radio transmitters on this mount.
The Soledad Natural Park in the area surrounding the war memorial has
beautiful lawns. Tourists and locals enjoy picnics on this ideal location.
There are benches where you can sit and feast your eyes on the view.
There are several nature walking trails and plenty of wildlife. Mount
Soledad is a great place for hikers and cyclists with its natural trails
and multiple routes. The southern side provides a challenging steep
Via Capri at Soledad Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
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