5 Best Hikes in La Jolla

5 Best Hikes & Trails in La Jolla

The sun is out, and you want be outside to enjoy it. Grab your Nikes. Load up on sunscreen. Have a great playlist ready. Picking the perfect trail for hiking on this perfect day is easy when you know the options. Based on our hiking research, these are the top 5 hikes in La Jolla you’ll want to try. If you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, try these 5 hiking trails that are a bit less traveled.

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Torrey Pines State Park:

This beachside spot has 6 trails that range from mild to difficult. For the most intense workout, you’ll want to hit the Guy Fleming Trail or The Beach Trail, which takes you right down to the water at the end of the hike. Torrey Pines is definitely one of the more scenic hiking areas in La Jolla, and the views will not disappoint! You can tailor the hike to your individual needs, and make it as rigorous or as easygoing as you like. Get detailed information about each hike here.

Spend the day at Torrey Pines with our complete itinerary! Or just head to the Lodge at Torrey Pines for a delicious, world-class dinner created by Chef Jeff Jackson.

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The Torrey Pines GliderPort

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or simply love to watch aviation activities, you’ll want to come to the Torrey Pines Gliderport. It’s one of the most historical sites for aviation in the world and is #1 spot in Southern California for non-powered flyers.

Take in the beautiful views of the coast as you watch paragliders leap into sky and become propelled by the wind. (Side note: It’s located above Black’s Beach. As this a clothes optional beach…don’t be too startled when you see folks baring it all!) Start your journey by heading to 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037.

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Bird Rock Bike Path:

Head south to Pacific Beach via the Bird Rock Bike Path, which is great to hike as well as bicycle. This trail is a hidden gem because while most folks head straight for Torrey Pines, you’ll find this local loved route is usually less crowded. Begin your journey at the Fire Station on Nautilus and from here go towards Camino de la Costa. Continue on where the road merges onto La Jolla Hermosa. Conquer the entire 3.9 mile path, or simply lessen the length by turning back whenever you feel best.

Coast Walk Trail:

Walk the central coastline of La Jolla using this trail, which stretches from La Jolla Cove to La Jolla Shores. Start at either spot and simply follow the trail to the other. From Kellogg Park to Children’s Pool, this low-intensity trail gives you amazing sights of the water and great views of the local wildlife…like sea lions!

Mt. Soledad:

This memorial is a pinnacle point of La Jolla, literally based on it’s high-rise location. The monument was built here in honor of servicemen that served the United States of America; the reason many people come here is to pay respect to them and their great sacrifices. Most folks hike this hill using Capri Street. You hike until you’ve reached your destination…the commemorative monument that is the Mt. Soledad cross. Once you’ve taken in the monument, the 360 degree view and are ready to journey onward, you can head back down Capri, although most people go back down via La Jolla Scenic Drive South.

Did you know? Mount Soledad has a fascinating history that dates back hundreds of years!

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