The controversy surrounding the cross posted on the summit of Mount Soledad often hides the more fascinating stories of this 822-foot-high hill situated between I-5 and the Pacific Ocean. Originally built in 1913, the controversial cross has been rebuilt two times since, and today, after being restored for the final time in 2008, the cross has come to represent the Mount Soledad National Veteran’s Memorial. Radio and television towers are also found at the peak of Mount Soledad, and the many trails leading to the top have made it a popular bicyclist spot.
The Places He Lived
The well-loved Dr. Seuss lived out his last days on this planet in a home built at the very top of Mount Soledad. The panoramic views from the deck outside his bedroom and the tower where he wrote many of his later books could very well have been inspiration to the landscapes in his books. His widow still lives there today.
13 trails lead to the summit of Mount Soledad, making it a popular spot for bicyclists of all skill sets. The longest is 3.5 miles and gradually ascends to the top, while the shortest is 1.5 miles and goes straight up; this is a trek for the more experienced bicyclist to be sure! The “flight” down the hill is a fun one for all bicyclists!
The Controversy of the Cross and Its Resolution
Originally thought to be a symbol that a certain religious group was not welcomed here, today the cross represents the Mount Soledad National Veteran’s Memorial and is open to the public seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 10:00PM. Specifically designated a tribute to those who served in the Korean War, in reality it is a memorial to all branches of the military and to all who have fought for our country.
The views from atop this legendary hill are breathtaking no matter which direction you face. Feel closer to the heavens as you sit and ponder life’s mysteries facing the majestic beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Life atop Mount Soledad is a tranquil one these days, especially now that the controversy of the cross has been resolved.
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Photo By Andrew Chen (Achen33) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4605681