Marker text: PORTOLç JOURNEY'S END - In 1769 the Portol expedition of 63 men and 200 horses and mules camped near El Palo Alto, the tall tree. They had traveled from San Diego in search of Monterey but discovered instead the Bay of San Francisco. Finding the bay too large to go around, and deciding that Monterey had been bypassed, they ended the search and returned to San Diego.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 2
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Portola Expedition Bicentennial Foundation, November 9, 1968.