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Mount Soledad



View:Steps at base of controversial cross at Mount Soledad.
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Mount 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 slope.



Location:

Via Capri at Soledad Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

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Phone: (858) 551-5222


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