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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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!

I was surprised by this Trail. I had done Annie's Trail north in Carlsbad along the cliffs from the beach. That was nothing like this one. You have to start out going up a rope to pull yourself up to the trail. And we asked people coming down the trail were there places that dropped off 50 to a hundred feet? They said yes there were but the trail at that point was 2 or 3 ft wide... easily accessible. They lied!!! There were parts that were just maybe 6 inches wide... with a toe hold you got across. I can see where people get stranded and need to be rescued out of there. There was even at two-by-four to walk across a gully. I would suggest if you are afraid of heights or you are not in good shape... this is not one for you.

A great hike for all ages! I took my 2, 4, and 11 year old kids and they they did great! They walked the whole time and didn’t get bored or too tired. The path is soft sand and is marked off so it’s extremely easy to navigate. Gorgeous views and benches along the path to sit enjoy them. I definitely recommend this hike if you have small children!

Pleasant, easy and enjoyable. Beautiful scenery! Get here early. Worth it!

Beautiful and if you get there early with less people, even better!

Loved this hike! It turned into an out and back due to high surf, there was no way to walk along the beach. Views were amazing even with overcast skies. Beautiful place to see the sunset!

Great trail very scenic !

Short trail to the beach. But very fun and pretty with the slot canyons

9 days ago

Comes up in a neighborhood. Tar road for the bottom part of this trail. Steep, but easy.

Pretty easy trail, but very steep. It burns up your endurance real quick. Lots of steps and handrails has been added though. It’s usually super crowded.

9 days ago

I love this trail for the sick slot canyon. There are a couple different branches to take, and one of them you’re squeezing through this gorgeous, striated slot. The colors are phenomenal, perfect for photography. The trail is for sure challenging and slippery. Recommend barefoot (for purchase on sand over stone) and all fours at some points. I usually see people stuck and struggling. Go slow and be prepared to fall.

Great views and a fairly short and easy trek

11 days ago

Steep little jog from beach to the road makes for a nice quick leg workout. At sunset the rabbits can be seen along the path and there's a cool little beach at the bottom.

I love this trail. It’s usually not very busy and I always see bunnies and/or lizards on this trail. It has great ocean views and the rock stairs are fun to run up and down.

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19 days ago

A short and easy hike, but very beautiful. There are two nice lookouts on opposite sides. It’s a great trail for kids of all ages

It’s one of my favorite places in the world. It’s not a hard hike at all. It can be very busy on the weekends and holidays. There are rattlesnakes in the area so be mindful

19 days ago

Nice and easy trail system.

20 days ago

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!

27 days ago

Great view of the bluffs. Most of the Torrey pines are dead by now.

Nice short hike with a beautiful view and signs with info of plants and the area.

1 month ago

A slippery little trail. Gorgeous views all the way down, though!

Gorgeous trail with a very scenic overlook. Not hard at all. Warning: the park doesn't open until 7 AM and the rangers are strict about it.

A little sketch but it makes it fun!

A good day hike with great views. Very crowed for a Monday.

1 month ago

I was able to hike 8.2 miles up and down all of the trails. This will ALWAYS be my favorite place to hike in Southern California!

Beautiful trail that leads to the beach, but please wear proper footwear. You can literally die here! It looks very simple, but it turns very slippery near the end.

beautiful. it's pretty short to get out to the cliffs and back, but you can combine a lot of different trails to get in 4 to 6 miles if you want

This is where we bring all our out of town guests when they visit. The first hill can be tiring, but man are the views worth it. I’ve also done that hill 9 months pregnant, so it’s not that awful. Even with all the foot traffic, the views make everything so peaceful and serene. A must do whether you’re a San Diego local or a tourist.

I wouldn’t bring a stroller, but this is still a great trail for baby-wearing or young kids who follow directions (e.g., wouldn’t trust my 2 yr old around the cliffs but older kids would do fine).

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