Beautiful, but FULL OF TICKS AND BEES! We hiked from the trail head, around the loop, and back down. It's an absolutely stunning hike. You get to experience just about every type of terrain in Southern California in a few short miles. The first part of the hike takes you up a lush, rocky, hillside. There's a beautiful waterfall, but it's dried up this time of year (July). Breathtaking ocean views through the mountains as you climb to the top. Relatively easy to hike if you're capable of navigating large rocks. The trail forks when it levels out. You will climb Point Magu if you hike to the left or the La Jolla Loop Trail if you press ahead. I don't recommend the Loop trail unless you're adequately dressed (long pants, boots, and a long sleeve shirt). The hike is easy, but it guides you through lengthy sections of tall (6 ft.) grass. Ticks LOVE this area. We were not dressed for the occasion (shorts, t-shirts, and boots). Consequently, we were covered with ticks when we emerged from the loop. A few even migrated under my shirt. A large military instillation serves as the backdrop for the first half of the loop (not all that pleasant b/c planes fly by). The second half of the loop is beautiful, but full of active bee hives (we passed several). I wouldn't recommend the loop to anyone who can't tolerate a tick or two. The grass is also too high for children. All that said, the first part of the trail (from the gate to the hilltop) is definitely worth the trip if you're up for a short hike. The second half of the journey is questionable. I'm not entirely convinced the view is worth the bugs, bites, and risk of Lyme Disease. Granted, the risk is extremely low in this part of the country. You can see the other side of the rocky backdrop on the Nichols Flat Trail a few miles south on PCH (if you're up for a 3 mile hike uphill) without all the bugs.
I gave this hike 3 stars because of the ticks.