Scripps Coastal Reserve Biodiversity Trail

La Jolla, California

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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. It also includes an 80-acre underwater preserve. The mesa is an archaeological village site inhabited by La Jollan Indians between 3,000 and 8,000 years ago and later by the Diegueno Indians (also known as the Kumeyaay). The natural area has become a protected habitat managed by the University of California’s Natural Reserve System. A self-guided trail circles the grassy mesa between Black Canyon on the north (Hike 83) and Sumner Canyon on the south. A brochure, available at the trailhead, highlights the habitats and ecology of the natural reserve, including diverse plants (over 200 species), birds (88 species), and mammals (12 species). There is no beach access, but the mesa offers magnificent coastal vistas.
Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast

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Day Hikes on the California Southern Coast

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

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. It also includes an 80-acre underwater preserve. The mesa is an archaeological village site inhabited by La Jollan Indians between 3,000 and 8,000 years ago and later by the Diegueno Indians (also known as the Kumeyaay). The natural area has become a protected habitat managed by the University of California’s Natural Reserve System. A self-guided trail circles the grassy mesa between Black Canyon on the north (Hike 83) and Sumner Canyon on the south. A brochure, available at the trailhead, highlights the habitats and ecology of the natural reserve, including diverse plants (over 200 species), birds (88 species), and mammals (12 species). There is no beach access, but the mesa offers magnificent coastal vistas.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: La Jolla
Distance: 0.7
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Torrey Pines Glider Port Park
Local Maps: USGS Del Mar and La Jolla
Driving Directions: Directions to Scripps Coastal Reserve Biodiversity Trail

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