Less than a month until we’re back in the Pacific Northwest and going on hikes through the Evergreens. I. Can’t. Wait. But today’s post is all about hiking through Southern California. Dirt in your shoes, cactus surrounding the path, and “watch out for rattlesnakes” signs.
Spencer and I went for a hike through Torrey Pines State Park. It’s just north of San Diego in La Jolla. When you arrive you’re greeted with an uninterrupted view of the Pacific complete with an ocean breeze. There are a ton of trails that turn off from the main path, so you could spend a couple hours here looking at everything. Most of them end in an amazing view of the ocean. Once you’ve had your fill of cacti and overlooks, you can use the beach trail to access the black sand beaches. It’s the perfect end to a hike. We took off our shoes and walked along the beach back to our car.
Know before you go. Even though there’s an ocean breeze, there is no shade. Pack sunscreen or you’ll end up with a tank top tan like I did. You can use Torrey Pines’ parking lot for $15 a day, but there is free street parking if you don’t mind walking a little further. It’s a great hike for any ages and isn’t strenuous. There is a parking lot at the top of the nature reserve, if going uphill isn’t your thing. This is a pretty popular spot, so either try going on a weekday or getting there early.