Explore the most popular beach 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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Beautiful scenery through out the trail and ending with a beach walk back to the starting spot is a great cool down.

The views are amazing but this is a very busy trail. Going down it definitely seems easy and the trail does go all the way down to the ocean with beautiful views all the way. I definitely didn’t realize how steep it was until I was in the way back up. The smooth sandy trail is too set and carved out for my taste but I assumed it was for safety and preservation I would definitely hike here again.

Very nice on a beautiful day..

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.

We did this around 8am it was perfect timing. The fog came in later so we had some great views. It’s started to get crowded around 930am.

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.

Got there quite early (730am) and it was very foggy on the hike up but the temps were so mild it was perfect. The include was gradual but you get a good cardio workout.

Definitely epic views.

Best part - briskly walking the beach hoping to not get my shoes wet... which didn’t happen

Beautiful! This is ranked as easy but if it’s high tide and you can’t cut across the beach, you’ll have to go back the way you came; if you’re new to hiking, the gradual inclines will get you a bit out of breath. But still an easy, breezy hike.

Great hike any time of the year!

Great trail to bring out of state guests and friends.

Nice trail. Beautiful views!

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

Beautiful beach trail. Keep an eye on the tide though if you’re planning on walking back on the beach.

Parking was the only issue, so get there early. The trail was nice & easy with amazing views. The trail by itself took about an hour.

A classic and iconic trail. Simple as that.

Many sick photo ops

Whenever my husband and I vacation in Encinitas, we go to Torrey Pines, not so much for a “workout” because the trail is really easy, but for the views! Gorgeous!

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1 month ago

Really beautiful beach

One of my favorite hikes in San Diego!

easy and beautiful overlooking the ocean. some climbing good shoes suggested

We went up the hill first and walked through many of the offshoot trails before going back down along the beach. Great trail. Loved it.

Very easy trail with many different branching paths. I feel like there’s always something new to explore!

Beautiful and easy trail.

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.

More a long stroll than a hike but nonetheless beautiful and worth it. Great views. Nice trails. Many options. Great return over the beach. Free parking street side (don’t spend $15 for the parking lot)

Super easy! But bring lots of water because there’s little to no shade on the trail! You can park at hw basin and walk up the hill to the trails and then walk the beach back to your car or you can drive up to the trail head and hike down and back up. I prefer the beach loop!

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

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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!

Great trail. Lots of other trail options while you’re out there. Can easily stretch this hike into 4-miles. Plenty of places to take pictures. Finishing on the beach back to the parking lot is awesome!

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