Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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.

The ocean is my only medication!

Nice and easy trails, fun little hike

Beautiful trails and breathtaking views!

Easy Hike and Beautiful Views!

hiking
16 days 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.

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.

hiking
25 days 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!

hiking
27 days 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!

Fun trail for anyone any day.

Fun hike for anyone any age

go during the week and early. There's way too many people here otherwise.

Gets fairly busy, head up early

Breathtaking, but go early in the day to avoid the crowds!

walking
1 month ago

We live close to these tide pools! Absolutely beautiful!

However, this picture is of cabrillo national monument tide pool area that is off limits.

This picture is not of la jolla tide pool area.

Beautiful...

hiking
2 months ago

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!

it was fun!

Great trail very scenic !

hiking
2 months ago

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

Great views and a fairly short and easy trek

walking
2 months 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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