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A nice little jaunt that earns you a great ocean view at the end! It seemed more difficult than moderate and good hiking shoes are a must.

Definitely more than a moderate. Wouldn't say it's an expert though. Went with shoes but some locals said not to use em. I'd say they would've made it harder in spots. Definitely not suitable for kids or dogs. Also be careful, there's a nude beach right down the beach from the end of the trail.

Second time on this hike. It can be sketchy at points. Great short hike.

Good way to experience the flora and fauna of the coast. Even got to see a few lizards crossing the path. And the view is spectacular. Very nice little walk.

One of my favorite hikes in San Diego!

Liked it.

Very dangerous trail. This has eroded 100x worse than what it was in years past...and it is unfortunate. It is not a maintained trail and should be for the skilled hiker with proper shoes. Unstable bluffs and slippery slopes with little to hold on to make this risky AF. That said, it is a locals only surf trail with amazing views and really cool adventure trekking. Be prepared! I wouldn't be surprised if access to this location is removed from public use.

Full loop is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. Go down the stairs and up the cliffs.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail!! Def not for kids and dogs, they will for sure slip. I loved this trail and it’s so much fun! Def brings out your rock climbing side. Only difficult part I found on this trail was towards the end when u literally need to hang on for Dear life (there’s really no where to hang on to bedsides rocks) and shuffle your way to the other side of the rock without slipping over the edge. Not sure what type of shoes to wear but I wore Nike’s and I was slipping and sliding. Some ppl say barefoot is better but I wouldn’t be bare footed the entire time. Maybe just towards the end. So pretty though, if your adventurous then this is the hike for you!

Beautiful views. Most of trail closed

trail running
1 month ago

One of the most peaceful and scenic trails in all of San Diego. Anyone can do it, and everyone will break a sweat (so long as you take the stairs from Blacks up to the Gliderport!)

If you’re visiting and are looking for a scenic hike with ocean views — this is it. Just don’t forget to check out the huge luxurious “1%ers” mansions while you’re there!!

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t let the short distance fool you. This is a real hike

Trust your GPS to find the trail head. The entry is basically unmarked - a 6’ gap wedged in between 2 fences bordering amazing homes in this upscale neighborhood. TIP - When you see cars parked on the road you have found it.

The trail is very dusty. Makes it slippery and you will be a filthy mess. Don’t plan on heading to church until you shower

It’s all downhill as you descend into the canyon toward the ocean. The top section is simple.

The middle section is highlighted by 12 foot long plank across a small stream. Don’t panic. It’s 12” wide. You can make it. Just focus. Then you’ll find yourself squeezing into a deep and narrow crevasse cut into the sandstone. Good Kodak moment.

The bottom section has the most tricky footing as you are frequently perched precariously on the Edge of the ravine - although it’s only 10 feet of drop off. You will come upon a high waterfall with a trickle of water. Just enough to make footing treacherous. A 30’ long rope helps you balance as you navigate the final segment and hit the beach.

The climb back up is significantly easier from a footing perspective. Depending how fast you go you will feel the cardio.

And just when you feel winded and take a short break some bare footed young surfer dude will come running past you with board in hand and cruising up the hill like an antelope.

Good hike. And don’t forget to enjoy the views of the amazing homes as you climb out.

hiking
1 month ago

A couple of spots are clearly very eroded and hard for shoes to grip. I was wearing chacos and was completely fine, but my 3 other girlfriends who were wearing their running shoes (brooks, ASICS, new balance) were slipping on the steep areas. Overall, great views and very pretty scenery. On the last part of the hike where you exit down a rope, go backwards like you’re belaying down a rock wall. It was much easier.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and steep hike. Going up hill is way safer than downhill. Start from La Jolla Farm Rd and follow the paved road down to the beach and walk about half a mile to find the beginning of the trail and just walk it up. Don’t take children! That was my mistake.

Classic San Diego canyon landscape with river rocks on a partly shaded trail. The far eastern part of the trail includes a steep sandstone portion with deep grooves. Not quite a sandstone slot canyon (at least not yet), but beautiful, unspoiled, and definitely unexpected. Minus one star for constant road noise from the 52 and for general proximity to the freeway. Climbing down the sandstone part of the trail, I felt almost awkwardly watched by drivers getting on the 805 south from the 52. But it is what it is; the freeways aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and I hope the park isn’t either. Perfect for getting your nature fix without leaving the city.

hiking
2 months ago

my family & I went hiking on this trail several days ago. It may be a 1.1 mile hike but it was a bit intense if not prepared for it. There were some issues with my husband, and paramedics were called. Once he was taken to the local hospital, all was fine. Overall, the trail was an Adventure, it had it's moments. I recommend that if you're going to try it, best be prepared with lots of water & watch out for sudden drops.

hiking
2 months ago

Very challenging in spots, but beautiful views and worth it!

Great Hike! There are several side trails you can take, some of which take you straight up the the cliff. Bring a backpack, water, and good hiking shoes, some spots are very slick and you will be hiking on a narrow pathway.

If this trail was safe, i would give it the full 5 stars! This is my favorite thing to do in San Diego, but that being said, it’s now pretty trafficked and at points, can be very sketchy/dangerous. It’s amazing terrain, beautiful views when you get towards the water, but some parts of it just aren’t meant for people to be going through. If you’re not experienced or don’t have good balance, I wouldn’t tell you not to do it, just to take caution! I’ve seen kids on this trial many times but they also have a low center of gravity and can fit through the tight spaces like the slot-canyon portion. Again, amazing, but just be cautious! Keep in mind, this is not the only way to get to blacks beach. And pro tip: barefoot is easier in this trail.

Short but sweet. Good for an evening outing. Leads right to the picturesque beach.

hiking
3 months ago

virtual experience: https://youtu.be/tkQ9RVLUtKc

this beach is very beautiful! there were a good number of surfers. the hike down was easy, and there are a couple of alternate "bushwhacking" routes if you feel more adventurous than the paved road. you get to enjoy stunning views of the ocean through the small canyon you hike down to the beach. the hike out is steep, but it's no sweat. well maybe, a touch... lol

https://sptfy.com/1XO8 - bring some chill music with you to the beach!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views and beautiful beach w/ many surfers and paragliders!! Highly recommend. The hike down is a piece of cake but the hike up is a tough one.

hiking
4 months ago

Short hike but well worth it for the views! There are some challenging spots so take your time on the trails. Will be doing this one again.

A lot of fun, for the whole family. I took my 5 kids (ages 12 to 20 months). Carried the little one but the others did fine. Challenging for sure, and safe if you are smart and do not rush or try and blow past people. There are slippery parts, and one part that gets pretty narrow. We left very dirty, but the kids really enjoyed it and felt challenged.

walking
4 months ago

We live close to these tide pools! Absolutely beautiful!

However, this picture is of cabrillo national monument tide pool area that is off limits.

This picture is not of la jolla tide pool area.

Nice trail for skill levels. Pretty green and pleasant. Trail could be marked better.

hiking
4 months ago

I love this hike! challenging but fun. Beautiful from start to finish! I hiked the last half without shoes as it was very slippery but if you have good hiking shoes I'd reccomend wearing them. Stay safe.

The trail is nice enough but there is dog crap all over the trails and I would guess off trail too. I was there first week June 2018 and was lucky to see a mature and healthy looking bobcat!!

Trail head is non existent, the best part was on the south side of the tracks which was hard to find. I only found it after a biker showed me where it was but construction there limits truly enjoying all of it. The best part is off of Gennesee south side of tracks otherwise you may end up on the north side and miss it due to the tracks. Plenty of wild flowers even white poppies?

hiking
5 months ago

I entered this trail through the top and parked in the neighborhood as opposed to the bottom. The entrance at the top can be very easily missed. I came here with a few friends and we're all moderately athletic and my friend brought her dog. I don't recommend this trail if your dog is not athletic. I was able to get through the trail ok but I wished I would've had better shoes as it can get slippery. You cross part of the trail on a plank and can be very intimidating. Another part of the trail you scale down on a rope, this is at the bottom of the trail, again I wish I would've had better shoes. Overall, this trail is amazing and you scale down through canyons and there's also a part of the trail where you can chill and it overlooks the entire beach. Do it!

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