SERRA PALM (SITE)
Site of the palm planted in 1769 by Padre Junípero Serra when he arrived at San Diego. Here the four divisions of the Portolá Expedition met on July 1, 1769. The famous ‘El Camino Real,’ most celebrated trail in California, begins here.
LA PLAYA TRAIL
Early European references to the Trail are found in the accounts of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo (1542) and Sebastián Vizcaíno (1603). The La Playa Trail has been more or less in continual daily use by the Europeans since April 1, 1769, when the Spanish packet San Antonio arrived from La Paz as part of the advance party of the Serra-Portolá Expedition, which colonized Alta California for New Spain.
“LA PLAYA TRAIL
JEDEDIAH STRONG SMITH
PATHFINDER OF THE SIERRAS
HERE COMPLETED THE FIRST TRAIL FROM
THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC JAN. 1827