Grandma Gone Surfing
Black’s Beach is located in La Jolla, San Diego, California. This beach is part of the Torrey Pines Reserve and is owned by the State Park and UC Regents.
No public restrooms, and difficult access make it very secluded. That is why I love it! No crowds, noise and crazyness… Just space, peace and silence, except for the sounds of the waves crashing. There are a few ways to get there, but they all involve some hiking.
You can walk past the rocky tide pools to it from the Scripps Pier Beach when the tide is low, but make sure to check the tides table , so you don’t end up stranded there at high tides. To check the tides, click here.
Another trail ( my personal favorite ), is the paved road steep 1/2 mile hike from La Jolla Farms Rd. In the intersection of La Jolla Farms Rd and Black Gold Rd there is a locked gate. Park close and hike down. Do not drive down if you find the gate opened, or you will be ticketed and possibly towed. Only residents, lifeguards, park rangers, and the UCSD Surf Team have the gate key and are granted access to parking inside. This trail will take you to the surfers and swimmers part of the beach.Waves are good here due to swell funneled in by a submarine canyon. Inexperienced swimmers should be aware of the strong rips. I have seen dolphins swimming here many times. Nudity is prohibited.
If you decide to park at Torrey Pines Reserve (paid and free parking available) and hike one of the many trails there, you have the option to walk 2 miles south along the cliffs to the nude part of the beach. Make sure to check the tides again, since this path is blocked in high tide.
And, of course there is the Torrey Pines Gliderport Trail, which is the most popular.This steep and rugged path takes you down 300 feet down the cliffs and straight into the “swimming clothing optional” area. Be really careful here, the cliffs are unstable, and many have gotten “stuck” there or have fallen to their death.
Pack snacks and plenty of water, there are no stores or vendors closeby.
Lay on the sand and enjoy the sun.