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La Jolla Beach Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near La Jolla, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 157 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

walking

running

beach

paved

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Kids like seals. You can walk right up to them in La Jolla. Then kids get bored so there are other things to do too. If you've been in San Diego for any amount of time, you're going to hear about seals. Seals are a source of great joy for the many children who visit and a great cause of concern for people who live in the path of all these children. Don't worry, none of them bite. Well, the seals probably do but they'll beat it for the water before you get close. This walk takes you not only into proximity of seals but all kinds of other sea creatures who call the La Jolla Tidepools home. Be prepared to get wet. There are also places to hydrate, eat and shop. Something for every member of the family.

walking
10 days ago

The boardwalk is an easy walking path with nice views of the beach and seals. There are several stairs that go to the water and depending on the tides are nice to see.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice walk, I got to see quite a bit a bit of wildlife. Pretty easy walk and not very strenuous.

walking
10 days ago

Nice scenic walk with great views. Not really a trail until toward the end where you switch from sidewalk to dirt path. Great for picture taking and watch seals.

hiking
21 days ago

Super easy and nice walk. Go to Richard Walkers pancakes after for some treats :)

hiking
1 month ago

rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful, very peaceful people are very nice. Loved the sunset.

walking
1 month ago

Super easy, more of a scenic walk than a hiked trail. Lovely for an evening stroll to catch the sunset.

hiking
1 month ago

Bring your swimming gear for more fun.

hiking
4 months ago

Not really a hiking trail. More a local attraction, but a gorgeous area to walk about nonetheless. Almost always sea lions and seals you can get near.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing lady bugs

hiking
5 months ago

Great spots for photos... only need tennis shoes.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail- we took a stroller without any issues (just a bit of off-roading and a few stairs at the end). Very crowded but great to see everyone out in the sunshine. Lots of seals close to the shore. Beautiful views of the ocean and easy access to tide pools.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a nice afternoon walk and not too crowded on a sun afternoon in Nov. I will definitely return in the future.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice, just crowded.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful but stinky! Decided to stop at Brockton Villa for brunch.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike was good for our whole family as our age range was 3 to 69 years. It had a paved path the whole way with places to walk down to coves and play in the water or get closer to the seals. We went in the afternoon in October and there were a good amount of people but it wasn’t overly crowded. Side note: one mile into the trail is the “The Cave Store”. We paid to walk down the stairs to a platform and see the ocean. This was a huge disappointment. There was nothing to do at the bottom for the kids and we were literally down there for 5 minutes before we went back up. It was $5 for adults and $3 for the kids. Not worth the money. There are various caves along the beaches that they would much preferred to have explored.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful early morning walk. Loved the sounds of sea gulls and seals.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous early morning walk

walking
11 months ago

Easy walk along La Jolla. Lots of people watching, Tidepools and different coves with beaches.

hiking
11 months ago

Breathtaking view of the ocean, seals, sea lions, etc. Beautiful city and quiet neighborhood. Will come back again.

hiking
11 months ago

It's crowded, and mostly just sidewalk. But the close-up view of seals and sea lions makes this a must see. better than Sea World, and free. Please don't try to touch the animals! every year there is a bite, and eventually we will lose the opportunity to stand within feet of these creatures.

running
Sat Jul 06 2019

I was unsure if I actually found the trail as most of the area was teeming with tourists and the only portion of the "trail" was less than a few hundred feet.

hiking
Mon Jun 10 2019

Scenic walk along the water. Summer it is swarming with tourists so not as peaceful.

hiking
Fri Apr 26 2019

I actually did the whole thing but forgot to record

hiking
Tue Apr 09 2019

Best way to see La Jolla great ocean views the whole way.

walking
Sun Mar 31 2019

Always fun to watch the sea lions sleeping in the sun!

no shade
Mon Mar 18 2019

Very crowded with tourists usually, but nice breeze and good spots for photographs and bird watching. Iconic spot in San Diego.

Sat Mar 16 2019

This may be my favorite spot ever! Yes, parking is tough, yes the area is crowded, no this is not really a hiking or running trail (thanks to the crowd), but there are seals, sealions, beautiful views, if you can get the right pictures, beautiful tides and tidepools. you can go kayaking, snorkelling, swimming. A lot of times with the seals. Lots of great spots in the area to eat and drink. The cave under the shop is a must go.

hiking
Tue Feb 12 2019

The La Jolla Cove and water front is a wonderful walking path. So much wild life, scenic views and fresh air. The surrounding streets are under repair so parking is very difficult . There are many restaurants up the street from the cove , or there is plenty of open space to bring a picnic. This is a perfect outing, can’t be beat.

Wed Jan 02 2019

Beautiful walk along the beach you can get right down next to the seals, visit sunny Jim’s sea cave (entrance through the Cave Store) and visit tide pools all in a 3 miles stretch worth the trip if your in the area get there early to get good parking.

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