Best Trails Near La Jolla CA

La Jolla has 42 trails in the vicinity, including 35 hiking trails and 8 for trail running. These trails range from 0.5 to 21 miles in length. The longest trail in La Jolla is Piru Creek a well-known trail measuring 21 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Black's Canyon and Scripps Coastal Reserve, San Clemente Canyon and La Jolla Caves Trail. Trails.com member Matthew K. recently completed Torrey Pines State Beach, Flat Rock.

More information on the best trails in La Jolla can be found below.
  • Parry Grove Trail, Whitaker Garden

    2 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    The Parry Grove Trail is a half-mile loop named for the botanist who originally described and named the Torrey pine. The steep path descends 100 steps to the oldest grove of Torrey pines in the ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Parry Grove Trail is a half-mile loop named for the botanist who originally described and named the Torrey pine. The ...

  • La Jolla: Coast Walk Trail

    2 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    This easy, cliffside walk offers up-close views of dolphins, seals, and resident seabirds. Despite the area’s shops and tourism, the habitat of La Jolla’s coastline is still a haven for the ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy, cliffside walk offers up-close views of dolphins, seals, and resident seabirds. Despite the area’s shops and tourism, ...

  • Torrey Pines Glider Port Park to Black's Beach

    1 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Torrey Pines Glider Port Park lies within Torrey Pines City Park on 300-foot oceanfront sandstone bluffs, located between Del Mar and La Jolla at the south end of Torrey Pines State Reserve. ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Torrey Pines Glider Port Park lies within Torrey Pines City Park on 300-foot oceanfront sandstone bluffs, located between ...

  • Guy Fleming Trail, North Grove

    1 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    The Guy Fleming Trail is an easy 0.7-mile interpretive loop around North Grove, a dense stand of twisted Torrey pines. The trail is named in honor of the late conservationist, naturalist, and ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Guy Fleming Trail is an easy 0.7-mile interpretive loop around North Grove, a dense stand of twisted Torrey pines. The ...

  • Torrey Pines State Beach, Flat Rock

    1 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Torrey Pines State Beach is a wide sandy beach backed by dramatic 300-foot sandstone bluffs, some of the tallest coastal cliffs in San Diego County. The beach is located between Del Mar and La ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Torrey Pines State Beach is a wide sandy beach backed by dramatic 300-foot sandstone bluffs, some of the tallest coastal ...

  • La Jolla Shores: Tide Pools Walk

    1 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    The ocean breeze, rolling waves, and sand beneath your feet. Who could ask for more? But that’s only the beginning—low tides mean plenty of sea creatures to marvel over.
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The ocean breeze, rolling waves, and sand beneath your feet. Who could ask for more? But that’s only the beginning—low tides ...

  • San Clemente Canyon

    1 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Located in San Diego, southeast of La Jolla. Highlights: This is very mellow singletrack and a great place for beginners to develop some bike-handling skills. Hazards: Watch out for all the hikers ...
    •  55 minutes
    •  7.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in San Diego, southeast of La Jolla. Highlights: This is very mellow singletrack and a great place for beginners ...

  • La Jolla Valley & Mugu Peak

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Lazily curving up the rumpled slopes of the western Santa Monica Mountains, the Ray Miller Trail takes in sweeping views of the Point Mugu coastline and the distant Channel Islands. This is the ...
    •  5.5 hours
    •  10.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Lazily curving up the rumpled slopes of the western Santa Monica Mountains, the Ray Miller Trail takes in sweeping views ...

  • La Jolla Falls

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    The modest 15-foot-tall cascade in La Jolla Canyon is a pleasant destination for an introductory exploration of Point Mugu State Park. Just be sure to come after recent rains have been sufficient ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The modest 15-foot-tall cascade in La Jolla Canyon is a pleasant destination for an introductory exploration of Point Mugu ...

  • La Jolla Reefs

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    La Jolla Reefs is composed of several breaks, each of which can accommodate smaller surf as well as large swells. The name La Jolla comes from a Spanish word meaning “the jewel.”Everything about ...
    •  Guide

    La Jolla Reefs is composed of several breaks, each of which can accommodate smaller surf as well as large swells. The name ...

  • Scripps

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Sometimes known as Scripps Pier or Scripps Ranch, Scripps is a right break that generates powerful surf in larger swells, and holds smaller waves as well. Scripps in general is a dominating ...
    •  Guide

    Sometimes known as Scripps Pier or Scripps Ranch, Scripps is a right break that generates powerful surf in larger swells, ...

  • Black’s

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Black’s is a hard-to-reach yet unforgettable break. Rarely crowded, it has several peaky areas along its shore that allow for some hollow, fast-moving lefts and rights. Black’s is a picturesque ...
    •  Guide

    Black’s is a hard-to-reach yet unforgettable break. Rarely crowded, it has several peaky areas along its shore that allow ...

  • Broken Hill Trail to Flat Rock

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    The Broken Hill Trails are the longest trails in Torrey Pines State Park. The North and South Forks form a loop, then join and head down to the beach at Flat Rock. Both trails cross the rolling, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Broken Hill Trails are the longest trails in Torrey Pines State Park. The North and South Forks form a loop, then join ...

  • Razor Point - Yucca Point - Beach Trail Loop

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    The Beach Trail links the rolling coastal bluffs to the isolated beach at Flat Rock. The trail winds through a dramatic, weather-sculpted drainage to the remote, sandy beach pocket with tidepools ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Beach Trail links the rolling coastal bluffs to the isolated beach at Flat Rock. The trail winds through a dramatic, ...

  • South La Jolla Coastal Bluffs

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Windansea Beach is a popular surfing and sunbathing beach backed by smooth rock shelves that extend like fingers from the palisades to the sand, interspersed with tidepools and small pocket coves. ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Windansea Beach is a popular surfing and sunbathing beach backed by smooth rock shelves that extend like fingers from the ...

  • La Jolla Bay to Nicholson Point

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    The first part of the hike follows the Coast Walk, a blufftop dirt trail with bridges and stairways that curve around the perimeter of the alluvial 100-foot cliffs. The cliff-hugging path offers ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    The first part of the hike follows the Coast Walk, a blufftop dirt trail with bridges and stairways that curve around the ...

  • Scripps Coastal Reserve Biodiversity Trail

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Scripps Coastal Reserve Biodiversity Trail is located on the 350-foot oceanfront cliffs at the north end of La Jolla. The reserve is a 152-acre undeveloped blufftop mesa bordered by deep canyons. ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Scripps Coastal Reserve Biodiversity Trail is located on the 350-foot oceanfront cliffs at the north end of La Jolla. The ...

  • Black Canyon

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Black Canyon, at the north end of La Jolla, is one of the few undeveloped oceanfront canyons in San Diego County. The trail is a steep, vehicle-restricted road owned by the University of California ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Black Canyon, at the north end of La Jolla, is one of the few undeveloped oceanfront canyons in San Diego County. The trail ...

  • Torrey Pines State Beach to Seagrove and Powerhouse Parks

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Torrey Pines State Beach is a wide, sandy beach backed by sandstone bluffs. The state beach extends 4.5 miles, from 6th Street in the city of Del Mar to Torrey Pines City Beach north of La Jolla. ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Torrey Pines State Beach is a wide, sandy beach backed by sandstone bluffs. The state beach extends 4.5 miles, from 6th Street ...

  • San Clemente Canyon

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    Like Tecolote Canyon, part of the appeal of San Clemente Canyon is its proximity to downtown, but its natural values also are appealing. In the early spring, when the stream is flowing and wildflowers ...
    •  Day hike
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Like Tecolote Canyon, part of the appeal of San Clemente Canyon is its proximity to downtown, but its natural values also ...

  • Sea to City Walk

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    A city walk isn’t without its hazards. The numerous shops, galleries, and restaurants of downtown La Jolla have been known to suck would-be hikers into the black hole of terminal window-shopping. ...
    •  Day hike
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A city walk isn’t without its hazards. The numerous shops, galleries, and restaurants of downtown La Jolla have been known ...

  • La Jolla Coast Walk

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    You get a stunning perspective of La Jolla Bay and the sparkling La Jolla Shores coastline on this short walk along the cliff-tops. You’ll be walking directly above the La Jolla Caves, on or ...
    •  .5 hour
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    You get a stunning perspective of La Jolla Bay and the sparkling La Jolla Shores coastline on this short walk along the cliff-tops. ...

  • La Jolla Caves Trail

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    South of the wide La Jolla Shores Beach, the sand disappears and wave-washed cliffs begin. Just offshore, a major submarine canyon, La Jolla Canyon, swallows the sand that normally would migrate ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    South of the wide La Jolla Shores Beach, the sand disappears and wave-washed cliffs begin. Just offshore, a major submarine ...

  • La Jolla Canyon Loop

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    This large loop in southern Point Mugu State Park provides access to rare native grassland and unique native plants as well as stunning views of the coast and the Santa Monica Mountains. Not ...
    •  7-8 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This large loop in southern Point Mugu State Park provides access to rare native grassland and unique native plants as well ...

  • Mugu Peak

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    A moderate loop trail from the Pacific Coast to one of the most prominent peaks in the region, this route ignores a direct ascent of Mugu Peak and instead takes you on a beautiful tour ...
    •  5-6 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A moderate loop trail from the Pacific Coast to one of the most prominent peaks in the region, this route ignores a ...