San Diego: Black's Beach to Torrey Pines State Reserve

A steep, 330-foot cliff descent begins a 5-mile out-and-back along one of SoCal's last undeveloped coasts--which happens to include a famous nude beach.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.8



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Leave SW corner of dirt lot; switchback down cliff


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Steepest, slickest pitch of cliff trail, use rope railing for safety


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Reach sand, turn R, and head N along nudist beach


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Keep eyes on paragliders and hang gliders launching from cliffs above


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Large, rocky point where cliff meets ocean. At low tide, follow “keyhole” between rocks; during higher tides, follow trail near base of point


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Optional “Beach Trail” up to Torrey Pines State Reserve


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End of sandstone cliffs, return S along beach


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Steep, sketchy path known locally as the Ho Chi Minh Trail heads L up cliff for alternate route back to trailhead