Scheduled Hikes for 2004

 "Area", "Trip" and corresponding page numbers listed for each hike refer to descriptions in Jerry Schad's book "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County". It can be purchased at any major bookstore or online.

Black's Beach Trail Hike / Swim / Boogie-Boarding / Traditional Cruising / Sand Castle Building & Sand Sculpture Competition

Date:   August 15, 2004  12:00 NOON -  05:00 PM (The beach usually doesn't get busy until early afternoon... especially for those who have been out partying the night before. But, hey, feel free to come early and stay late...) So, for those who want to try carpooling, meet at our usual Hillcrest spot at NOON, rather than 9:00 AM. Then head up to the Torrey Pines Glider Port parking area and hike down to the beach for the afternoon.
Hike Group:   San Diego Trail Tramps
Location:    Black's Beach is located on the coast, just north of San Diego and La Jolla, and at the base of the 300' bluffs just below Torrey Pines Golf Course and Glider Port. The parking area for Black's Beach is at the Torrey Pines Glider Port, across from the UCSD campus on North Torrey Pines Road, north of La Jolla.

Torrey Pines City Beach, also known as Black's Beach, is San Diego's unofficial nude-bathing spot. The city rescinded a "clothing optional" policy for this beach in the late'70s, but old traditions have never died... Where most Black's Beach users congregate, there are two precipitous trails that ascend about 300' to the Glider Port, where hang-gliders and para-gliders launch their craft. (There's plenty of free, all-day parking at the top if you want to start or end your beach walk there.) The southern of the two trails, improved and widened, is the safer one. The northern trail, a steep and sometimes perilous route, at the north end of the parking area, leads down to the beginning of the gay area of Black's Beach, which stretches north for about a 1000 yards. We'll congregate near the north end of the gay beach, just south of the big, painted, metal anchor-float ball that washed up on shore years ago during an El Nino storm.

Lifeguards patrol some areas of Black's Beach during busy periods, so you can feel fairly safe about jumping into the water. Elsewhere, you swim at your own risk. Watch out for rip currents. If you're caught in one and pulled out from shore, don't panic. Remember to swim parallel to the beach until you escape the rip, then return to shore.

On today's outing, bring a boogie board and/or some swim fins if you're so inclined, and we'll head out for some surf action. For those who prefer the beach, bring some digging tools/plastic buckets, etc. and we'll attempt a sand castle/sand sculpture-building competition. (Who knows what predictable shapes might rise out of the sand?!) Sunscreen and water/sports drinks are recommended for all.

For more detailed info. and maps of the area, refer to "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" by J.Schad, 1998 Edition, Area B-2:Torrey Pines/La Jolla, Trip 1, pp.30-32. Click here for a coastal map of Black's Beach area to print out.


View of Black's Beach, looking south from Torrey Pines State Reserve bluffs.