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Blacks Beach San Diego


The hair raising hike down to Black's beach

Blacks Beach Sunday July 19, 2015

"STAYCATION" to Blacks Beach, La Jolla w/ SD Adventure Crew (NOT a good path, better path from Torrey Pines Glider Port Trail)

San Diego popular Beaches

By: Frank Sabatini Jr.

The beaches throughout San Diego boast distinct personalities that offer LGBT travelers everything from quietude to high bustle. Whether you prefer throwing down a beach towel in the company of majestic sun-kissed cliffs, sandy moguls or in view of avid surfers tackling dynamic waves, a perfect spot awaits.

Black’s Beach

Famous among surfers for its big winter swells, Black’s Beach is better known to the rest of the world as San Diego’s nude beach. Although nudism is unlawful in San Diego, it has persisted at Black’s for decades with the only real deterrent being the hike to get there. Hugged by towering cliffs, it is at the beach’s north end where gays and lesbians traditionally frequent.

Black’s Beach resides in the vicinity of the University of California San Diego campus, at the southern end of Torrey Pines State Beach and north of La Jolla Shores. Pricey homes and state-of-the-art medical research labs line the upper bluffs, where pastures and the Black family horse farm once lay, hence the name, Black's Beach.

The sands can be difficult to access due to its isolated location beneath the Torrey Pines bluffs. There are four access routes to Black’s Beach:

  • Torrey Pines Glider Port Trail:
    The most popular route to Black’s Beach begins at a trailhead from the Torrey Pines Glider Port free parking lot. A sign posted by the City of San Diego warns that the cliffs are unstable, so proceed at your own risk and stay on the designated trail.

Map to Black Beach Torrey Pines Glider Port Trail


1.9 mi

At exit 29, take ramp right and follow signs for Genesee Avenue

·  0.3 mi

(west) Turn (west) (Ocean)  onto Genesee Ave

·  0.7 mi

Turn left (south) onto N Torrey Pines Rd

·  0.4 mi

Turn right (west) onto Torrey Pines Scenic Dr

·  0.4 mi

Bear right onto road

  • Left onto Unpaved Road

·  0.3 mi

Arrive on the left

  • Torrey Pines State Park:  Genesee Avenue turns into N. Torrey Pine Road
    Well-maintained and clearly marked trails run from the top of the mesa to the beach.
  • Torrey Pines State Beach:
    If the tide is low, a two-mile walk south from the parking lot at the base of Torrey Pines State Reserve will get you to Black’s Beach. The route is blocked at high tides. 
  • La Jolla Shores:
    If the tide is low, a three-mile walk north from La Jolla Shores beach, past Scripps Pier, will get you to Black’s Beach. The route is blocked at high tides.

·         Another access to Black Beach

·         5 to exit 29 -- (west) onto Genesee Ave

·         Left -- (South) onto N. Torrey Pines Rd

·         Right -- (west) La Jolla Shores RD

·         Right --  La Jolla Farms Rd

·         Left -- Black Gold Rd to Black Beach

·         On the Beach walk 1.75 mile north to Torrey Pines Glider Port Trail



The sea cliffs from Torrey Pines State Park and southward to Black's rise precipitously to heights of 300 feet, so caution is urged when visiting the area. Beach trails from both the State Park and the Glider Port are the only maintained routes, but even those are difficult and dangerous. DO NOT attempt to follow any unmarked trails or pioneer new ones. Beachgoers are warned to avoid setting up beach sites too close to the cliffs as landslides can occur. And they are encouraged to be mindful of strong currents and riptides since there are no lifeguards that regularly supervise the beach.

Directions to the Glider Port parking lot trailhead: When traveling either north or south on Interstate 5, take the Genesee Road West exit to Torrey Pines Road, then go south about a quarter mile to Torrey Pines Scenic Drive at The Salk Institute.  The road ends at the free parking lot. 




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