Tide Pools Walk

EASY 14 reviews
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Tide Pools Walk is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near La Jolla, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.9 miles 361 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The Tide Pools walk is an exploration of the tide pools of the La Jolla Shores Park

walking
5 days ago

Super easy. The tide pools are pretty once you get there. But the direction have you park near a mexican restaurant, & the first half of the walk is on the sidewalk to get to the boardwalk, which is more sidewalk. From there you can walk on the beach for a while. The tide pool area is really rocky & fun to climb around, but good luck getting any kind of cardio on this walk. It is just pretty & relaxing.

hiking
5 months ago

Had a great time with my wife. Enjoy the seals on the beach you can get really close to them.

walking
6 months ago

Not difficult at all. Unsure why it is labeled as so. Nice hike/walk.

7 months ago

gives you a really neat perspective of the ocean and cliffs

walking
9 months ago

A great walk down the beach, not difficult at all so I'm not sure why its considered moderate difficulty. Beautiful scenery with wildlife and kelp strewn beaches. Parking isn't the easiest to find but the walk to the "trail head" is okay.

1 year ago

One of the prettiest beach strolls I've taken. Not challenging at all. Parking however, is. Most spots are 3 hrs free parking. Bring a towel so you can take your shoes off. Especially beautiful at sunset.

1 year ago

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.

nature trips
1 year ago

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.

walking
1 year ago

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.

walking
1 year ago

This is not a hike but is a very nice play to walk around and it's beautiful. I walked for hours with my camera. This is just a nice play to relax.

2 years ago

Great short walk with amazing views. No need for walking on the road. Great for the bum as well.

hiking
2 years ago

Just a beautiful area to meander and explore.

walking
2 years ago

We're staying at the La Jolla beach and tennis club, and this is just a short stroll up the beach.

3 years ago

Not much of a hike but I had fun checking out the tide pools! Fun stuff.