Take an easy three day, 28-mile hike along this beautiful stretch of Southern California Coast from Oceanside to La Jolla. You will join scores of beach lovers on lively, popular strands, then hike long, quiet, and secluded beaches. Along the way, you’ll visit fun seaside towns with great dining and entertainment.
Our hike starts on Oceanside City Beach where surfers, boogie boarders, distance swimmers, sun bathers, Frisbee throwers, power and dog walkers gather – a people watching feast. Soon you leave the crowds and have the beach almost to yourself. Hike along the ocean’s edge, and enjoy a bit of solitude and the beauty of the mighty Pacific.
The first day’s hike (7.7 miles) ends at Carlsbad, the second day (11.9 miles) at Del Mar. Both towns have several options for inns, eateries, and watering holes. Many of the inns will be happy to provide you with beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and boogie boards.
Day 3 (8.4 miles) hikes through amazing Torrey Pines State Park, where 300 foot cliffs rise from the beach, topped by stately trees. Torrey pines are the rarest pine tree in the new world. Stroll through the forest, then hike one of the most isolated and serene beaches on the Southern California coast. Millions live nearby, but one must be a hiker to enjoy this splendor.
Continue south to hike the start of La Jolla Peninsula, a rugged coastline with sheer cliffs, pocket coves, and inviting beaches. As you enter La Jolla, you are greeted by the barks of sea lions from the rocks below. Stay an extra day and rent a kayak, paddle board, or snorkeling equipment and explore the clear waters of La Jolla Bay. It is a great way to end a three-day immersion in the lifestyle and beauty of the Southern California Coast.
The Oceanside to La Jolla Walkabout is one of the multi-day hikes found in “Walkabout Malibu to Mexico: Hiking Inn-to-Inn on the Southern California Coast.”
It can also be purchased as an individual guide.