Scripps Coastal Reserve Biodiversity Trail

La Jolla, California 92093

Scripps Coastal Reserve Biodiversity Trail

Scripps Coastal Reserve Biodiversity Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

La Jolla
Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
30 minutes
Torrey Pines Glider Port Park
Local Contacts
USGS Del Mar and La Jolla
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018