La Jolla Walking Trail
During low tide, this La Jolla Walking Trail will allow you to go from La Jolla Shore to La Jolla Cove and vice versa. The La Jolla walking trail is easy: the scenery will vary daily depending of the time of day, the weather of the day, and the season in which you do the walk. Regardless, the view will be a great one!
Going from the Cove to the Shore: Park along Coast Blvd and walk towards the Cave Store. While facing the Cave Store, the trail will be to the left of the store, towards the ocean. Walk about 10 minutes along this hard packed dirt road.
Enjoy the ocean view on the left (west) and the luxury homes on the right. During spring, this trail is lush and green and speckled with flowers. During late summer and fall, much of the growth has turned brown though, some plants remain green all year round. The ocean remains stunningly beautiful regardless of the season - as are the dramatic sandstone cliffs.
Along the way, you will cross a foot bridge. Note how the plants grow well at this site because water drains into the depression thereby allowing for better plant growth.
After about 10 minutes along this route, the cliffs become quite sheer and potentially dangerous.
Take a detour and walk along the paved road. It will lead you to Torrey Pines Rd. Walk along this road for about 5 - 10 minutes. By far, this is the worst part of the walk since the cars along Torrey Pines Rd are fast & noisy; a dramatic contrast to the coastal beauty just behind you.
Fear not, turn west (towards the water) along Princess St. This will lead you to Spindrift Street and a glimpse of some very pleasant La Jolla properties. This low-key residential area may look pleasant but they are probably very expensive.
Keep to the left side of the Spindrift and after about 10 minutes of walking, you will find a narrow alleyway (staircase) which will led you down to the beach. This beach access route takes you just south of the Marine Room restaurant.
If is it low tide, you can walk along the beach until you reach La Jolla Shore. Looking north, you will see a long stretch of beach with the Marine Room on the right (top).
Looking to the south, you will see cliffs and caves which are usually inaccessible (bottom). On very rare occasions, the tide is extremely low such that you can walk on the beach back to La Jolla Cove. In general, this is inadvisable because the rocks are slippery and you would be helplessly trapped if the tide came back in while you were on route.
In total, this La Jolla walking trail takes about 30 minutes to walk from La Jolla Cove to the beach access lane beside the Marine Room. From here you can choose to walk back to the Cove, or walk forward towards the Shores.
This hike/walk is very easy and allows for great views. Varied terrain includes coastal path, paved roads, residential neighborhood, and beach strolls.