This trail is great for seeing awesome views of the coastline and the animals that inhabit the area. This trail can be very populated with people most days. The seals are fun to watch, and can be very entertaining. The smell from the seals is not pleasant, but it is manageable.
Dan H. on La Jolla Beach Trail
It's a cool walk. Very pretty. For people with babies I tell you I used the stroller just fine.
I love this little walking trail. It's very easy with only a couple of places with easy elevation changes. I usually continue onto the paved sections down to Nicholson Point and then walk back. Great ocean views and wildflowers during the spring. The trail can get busy on the weekends, so go during the week if you can.
The directions won't get you there the end you in a residential location, but keep going down till you find the beach and then (facing the water) go right t to the end of the beach and you will get there. I recommend going early after the tide comes in you can't really get out too far and some folks were having some issues getting back. It's very pretty, not a traditional hike. but definitely worth exploring. your feet will probably get wet mine did, n had to take of my shoes.
I have done this many, many times. I recommend a sunny early morning with a late breakfast at the Brockton Villa next to the Cove. This is certainly touristy, but at the same time highly recommended. It is a gorgeous piece of coastline with sea lions, snorkelers, seals, cormorants, pelicans, body surfers, dolphins, whales and the great pacific. Who needs Sea World after that?
I've lived here for 15 years. There are nice tide pools at the north and south ends of the mile long beach. Best when tide is extreme on new and full moons and in the winter. These are very busy tide pooling spots. Please don't take anything from these protected areas. There has been unfortunately a lot of muscle collecting so there isn't the large muscle shoals that there used to be. Lot's of other life though: sea stars often when tide is extreme, hermit crabs, brittle stars, etc. and sometimes sea hares. Dolphins, seals and sea lions often swim by and an occasional bait-ball gets pushed into the shore by all the shorebirds and dolphins. This will keep kids occupied for hours.
La Jolla shores is one of my most favorite places on the West Coast. The tide pools are just north of the Scripps Pier. Usually, you can find all kinds of hermit crabs, birds, sea crabs, anemones, and sea stars here, but the last time I visited there was little wildlife. You can walk north on the beach for hours. Just be aware of the tides - you can get cut off by the ocean at the giant rock north of the pier.