Los Angeles: La Jolla Valley Loop

Escape the city's smog on this pretty 7.3-mile loop into the chaparral-covered ecosystem of La Jolla Canyon. Fresh air and Pacific Ocean vistas are only a 30-minute drive from downtown.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.7



Location: 34.0862503051758, -119.036903381348

Ray Miller trailhead. Head NE on Backbone Trail


Location: 34.08544921875, -119.035499572754

Stay L at fork; continue ascending on Backbone


Location: 34.0856323242188, -119.026817321777

Exposed ridgeline offers stunning views of Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands; watch for pods of dolphins cavorting off the coastline


Location: 34.0843505859375, -119.024185180664

NE views of Boney Mtn. (3,000 ft.); Mugu Rock jets up in the W


Location: 34.0908012390137, -119.026016235352

Backbone Trail merges with Overlook Trail; view of Boney off to R; turn to L @ Y


Location: 34.1043663024902, -119.028213500977

Turn L onto La Jolla Valley Loop Trail; stout stems of yucca line the trail along the descent


Location: 34.1083335876465, -119.033332824707

Marshy bog on R


Location: 34.0999984741211, -119.050003051758

Narrow canyon; steps made of ancient volcanic rock; continue S back to trailhead

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