La Jolla Beach Trail

EASY 169 reviews

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

views

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.

hiking
11 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Nice, just crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous early morning walk

walking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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
6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

I actually did the whole thing but forgot to record

hiking
9 months ago

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

walking
9 months ago

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

no shade
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

Thu May 24 2018

First place I went after I made it into San Diego and it did not disappoint. Watched the mist clear and the sunrise into a beautiful sunny day. I'd recommend it to anyone. The seals were my absolute favorite part!

walking
Sat Apr 28 2018

so beautiful and peaceful

Mon Apr 23 2018

beutiful this place

walking
Tue Dec 26 2017

Relaxing place to take a walk. Seals were stinky, you can get very close to them! Whole sky was on fire during sunset.

walking
Tue Sep 19 2017

Beautiful walk! Dogs are definitely allowed expect a small stretch through the cove park from 9am - 6pm

walking
Thu Jul 13 2017

Great views.

Sun Jun 04 2017

Absolutely beautiful!

walking
Wed Jan 18 2017

Stunning birds!, stunning sea lions!!!!

Sat Oct 22 2016

so glad we checked this out. it was an easy walk but the seals made our trip, so glad we went!

hiking
Thu Aug 18 2016

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.

Sun Jul 24 2016

Best coastal walk in SD !! Plus awesome margaritas afterwards

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