Nestled among multi-million dollars homes and the La Jolla Country Club golf course is a 42 acre open space known as the La Jolla Natural Park. In it, you’ll find rugged hiking trails, all leading up to a killer view 655 feet above the ocean. To access the trailhead, you’ll need to head to Al Bahr Drive and look for the small trailhead sign. Once hiking, if you come to a fork, don’t worry. Just keep going up and you’ll arrive at your destination. The top of the trail offers views of La Jolla Shores and Scripps Pier, the Village of La Jolla, and the golf course. At the top you’ll hit a service road. Continue up the service road until you hit a gate. Turn right onto the path and you’ll find a bench to sit and relax. The trail looks more challenging than it actually is. I’ve done this hike with both my son and my little dog with no problems. It’s less than a mile to the top, but there are a lot of small rocks so you need sturdy shoes. The trail is never busy. In fact, only once have I ever come across another family while hiking this trail. The trail and the views lend themselves perfectly to drone video so my husband and I put together a beautiful drone video with tips for your hike. Enjoy and we hope to see you on the trail!
Tips for Hiking the La Jolla Natural Park Trail
Wear hiking boots or sturdy sneakers with traction
Wear sunscreen and a hat
Start at the trailhead on Al Bahr Drive (look for the sign)
Spend some time relaxing on the bench at the top
Bring a camera because the view if beautiful
If you don’t want to hike back down, take the street and make your way to Country Club Drive