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Harbor Island
San Diego, CA

"Railroad Friendly**"

Harbor Island

Sanction Number: 1604

10Km (6.2 miles) and 5Km (3.1 miles)

Sponsor: San Diego County Rockhoppers - AVA 392/CA 23

For additional information call Steve d'Adolf at (858) 451-2130,
or EMail:

Start Location:
Holiday Inn On The Bay
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA
(3 blocks from the Amtrak Santa Fe Train/Coaster/Trolley Station)

Identify yourself as a walker at the Bellman/Consierge desk on the left side of the lobby and ask for the walking box.

This is an honor-system, self-serve activity. Thank you for your cooperation.

Note: The walk box contains the materials for four (4) walks that start at this location.

Start/Stop Times:
This year-round event can be walked daily.

Although this facility is open 24 hours daily, we request that you walk from DAWN TO DUSK only.

Available via parking meters on Harbor Drive, and at some nearby parking lots.

**Railway Access:
The Amtrak Santa Fe Train/Coaster/Trolley Station is only a short 3 blocks away.

Dogs are allowed, on a leash, with clean-up. However, it is probably not a good idea to take a dog along through the busy and crowded areas of the Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village.

Trail Description:
The trail starts at the Holiday Inn Hotel and the Star of India Sailing Ship, goes past the Maritime Museum, and then goes along the San Diego Waterfront past the U.S. Coast Guard Station to Harbor Island and to Tom Hamís Lighthouse Restaurant, and then back to the start point.

The walk is rated 1.

This walk qualifies for AVA Special Programs - Museum, Lighthouse, and Islands Walk credit.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and the events are free. For those that wish to receive IVV credit, the fee is $3.00.

You may walk twice in the same day on the same event for the same fee.

These events count for the earning of IVV Achievement Awards.

As with all events, there will be no refunds to those not completing the event.

Start Card:
There is no pre-registration, and everyone must obtain a start card and pay the appropriate fee if credit is desired. All start cards must be returned at the completion of the event.

Upon your return, stamp your books if credit is desired.

Remember, only one EVENT CREDIT for the first half year, and one event credit for the second half year may be entered in the event book for each event. You may participate for DISTANCE CREDIT without limit.

IVV credit is $3.00, others free.

Have a pen or pencil to use at the self-checkpoint.

There are numerous restaurants along the route, in all price ranges.

Strollers and wheelchairs will be difficult on the steep block at the convention center, and on the incline from the waterfront to Balboa Park.

Water and rest rooms are available along the route.

Participants do so at their own risk. Every reasonable effort will be made by the sponsors to make the events safe and enjoyable for all. However, the sponsors, organizers, and the American Volkssport Association cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen articles, accident, or injury of any kind at any time.

Special Thanks:
Special thanks to the administrative staff of the Holiday Inn On The Bay for their cooperation in making this year-round walk possible.

The hotel is centrally located, and an excellent choice for people who want to stay near, and visit the San Diego Downtown/Waterfront area.

Harbor Island

Formed by the dredging of San Diego Bay in order to deepen the berths for military ships, the U.S. Navy built this recreational island in 1961. More than 12 million cubic yards of sand and mud created this mile-and-a-half long tropical island, now home to upscale hotels, restaurants and marinas.

Along the bay side, you can see the view from the tip of Point Loma, across to the island of Coronado and southward to the U.S & Mexican border. This is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset and a breath-taking skyline vantage point at night.


From I-5 Heading South: Exit at Front Street / Civic Center. Continue a few blocks to Ash Street. Turn right (west). Proceed about 8 blocks to Harbor Drive. Turn left. The Holiday Inn On The Bay is on the left.

Railway Access: The Coaster and San Diego Trolley stop at the Amtrak Santa Fe Station are just three blocks away.

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