La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach Trail

Del Mar, California

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There are only a few places along the Southern California coastline where you can hike for miles in a single direction and not catch sight of a highway, railroad tracks, powerlines, houses, or other signs of civilization. The Torrey Pines beaches are one such place. Here, for a space of about 3 miles, sharp cliffs front the shoreline and cut off the sights and sounds of the world beyond. Plan to do this beach walk at low tide. High tides—especially in winter—could force you to walk on cobbles at the base of the cliffs or oblige you to wade in the surf. Beach sand is often carried away by the scouring action of the winter waves, but is usually replenished by currents as summer approaches.

La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach Trail Professional Review and Guide

"There are only a few places along the Southern California coastline where you can hike for miles in a single direction and not catch sight of a highway, railroad tracks, powerlines, houses, or other signs of civilization. The Torrey Pines beaches are one such place. Here, for a space of about 3 miles, sharp cliffs front the shoreline and cut off the sights and sounds of the world beyond. Plan to do this beach walk at low tide. High tides—especially in winter—could force you to walk on cobbles at the base of the cliffs or oblige you to wade in the surf. Beach sand is often carried away by the scouring action of the winter waves, but is usually replenished by currents as summer approaches."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Del Mar
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: All year
Local Contacts: San Diego Coast District
Local Maps: USGS La Jolla, Del Mar
Driving Directions: Directions to La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines Beach Trail

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May 2018