Explore the most popular trails near La Jolla with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.




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2 days 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.

3 days ago

Easy, sadly all Torrey pine trees here appear to be dead. If you really want to see a Torrey pine forest, go to Santa Rosa Island.

4 days 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.

Absolutely breathtaking. Easy walking, friendly people, amazing views and amazing weather.

The first part up the hill is meh. The viewpoints are also overrated. The walk on the beach is amazing. Also I went in the afternoon and the reflections of the canyons in the receding water were mesmerizing.

This turned out to be an adventure. I guess I underestimated the hike and decided to go after work at 6:30 PM. Did half the hike (the part on the beach) in near darkness. It can be a little intimidating hiking in the dark in high tide when you don't know how much further you have to go and you are not sure what lays ahead. My advice to all, start at least one hour before the sun sets if you want to avoid the dark. Still a very scenic and a gorgeous trail. One big disadvantage of hiking at night on the beach here is that there were a lot of mosquitoes (on a particular section).

I absolutely love Torrey Pines. The scenery is gorgeous, and the beach at the end of this trail is so refreshing.

22 days ago

Absolutely loved Torrey Pines. Walked the loop the end of June. Beautiful views. Colorful rock formations. Gorgeous beach. We walked from the lower parking lot up the road to several overlooks and then took beach trail down to the shoreline and back to the car. There is very little shade. Bring some good sunscreen and a hat. Parking gets crazy so go early and on a weekday. Highly recommend.

This is a great hike. The scenery is beautiful and it’s a real easy trail. When I went in May it had a lot of foot traffic. A family friendly trail. It ends at the beach and you can walk up and down the coast. Just beautiful. Highly recommend!

Great trail to get out & enjoy the scenery. The. Jews of the ocean are spectacular. The walk along the beach back to the parking lot caps it off. Bring a swimsuit & relax on the beach afterwards.

28 days 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.

You are richly rewarded when you breach the final hill showing the ocean. You can see DelMar to the right, and The Jolla Cove to the left.

1st hike ever! Spent a few days in San Diego which we usually do once a year, wanted to do something different with my wife and two daughters 6/3. Drove to the South Beach parking lot from Hotel Circle (15-20 min) paid $15 for parking on a Monday and headed up the hill to get to the trails, that was the hardest part, my 3 year old was already on my shoulders and my 6 year old was already starting to complain. Finally got to the trail and they were more enthused. 6 year old did everything herself, with a helping hand on some steeper steps and sandy rock towards the bottom. They loved the end result of the ocean being right there at the last staircase. She now wants to do a hike again. I would recommend 5+ for newbies, yes younger can do it, but expect them to want to be carried for a bit.

1 month ago

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

Great trail for all ages and abilities. Plan on checking tide levels if you’re looking to take the beach trail back to the parking lot. High tide hit around noon.

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.

The ocean is my only medication!

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.

Nice and easy trails, fun little hike

Beautiful trails and breathtaking views!

Easy Hike and Beautiful Views!

1 month ago

Super easy trail with incredible views. I enjoyed all of the markers describing the native plant life.

Limited parking is available in the upper lot at the trailhead if you want to avoid a long walk up from the south lot. We arrived early on a weekday before our flight, and it wasn't overly crowded. Trail itself is easy with gorgeous views of the coastline and cliffs. You are exposed most of the time so sunscreen and hat is ideal.

Great layout but the dry climate over the past few years has forced all of this once beautiful flowered reserve into hibernation. A few cactus blooms were evident but the rest of the coastal vegetation is mostly dry green or dead brown. The long beach strut concludes at a climbable rock formation extending into the sea, the hill climb up is a good short walk with some new erosion barriers and steps, and the ocean views get better and better at each level. Torrey Pines despite the current sad hiatus of beautiful plant growth remains one of America and California’s most stunning sites.

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

So beautiful. Well worth it. It was our first hike we’ve ever done in San Diego. We hiked with our 10 month old in a hiking carrier and there were only a couple spots my husband needed help. Loved it.

1 month 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!

1 month 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.

Close to UCSD and beautiful!

So crowded.. it is an easy level, definitely not a moderate one. Go there during the week and early if you want to enjoy without so many people.

It is super nice!

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