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La Jolla City to Sea

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Seals sleeping and playing on rocky beach, ocean caves, great shopping
Near:La Jolla, CA
Distance:2.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:200 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:Fire road/pavement

Summary: This hike is notable not only for its shopping opportunities, but also for the variety of scenic wonders it passes in 2 short miles. You'll see a sheltered beach where seals and beach-goers are learning to live together, pass protected underwater reserves, and wander along the tops of sheer bluffs that tower over La Jolla Cove. And then there's the shopping....
As a special treat, stop in for a visit to Sunny Jim Cave, whose opening bears the resemblance of a 1920's cartoon character "Sunny Jim".

Trailhead: 6 miles North of I-8/I-5 intersection from San Diego, take Rt 52 W (Ardath Rd). Follow for 1.5 miles, then turn right Prospect Street. Follow Prospect St 1 mile to Cuvier Street. Parking may be a challenge, especially during busy summer days. Park along Cuvier St, or down on Coast Blvd. (Lat:32.8413 Lon:-117.2791)
Trail Guides for La Jolla City to Sea:
Best Easy DayHikes San Diego
by Sean OBrien (Falcon)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: None
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joe Cross, who has posted  56 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by J. F. W. on 3/2/2011
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Reviewed by Keen Baugh on 9/29/2007
Pleasant? You know, what I love to do is: go on a vigorous hike and then open up my wallet and buy stuff. That's why La Jolla is so diverse. Hiking and Buying: my two favorite pastimes. Get bent!

Reviewed by MC on 5/17/2007
Its beautiful and the seals are amazing!

Reviewed by Viewer on 2/18/2006
It's on the side of the coast blvd. Good view!

Reviewed by Viewer on 1/19/2006
its not really so much a hike, as it is a scenery trail. Not vigorous, smells like fish, but very beautiful as you are at the cove.

Reviewed by Jesse on 4/8/2005
Definitely not for someone seeking solitude! Usually very crowded, especially on the weekends. Parking is tough to come by, but the adorable seals are well worth the hassle.

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