Surfing at Black's Beach via the Main Gate

The Main Gate at Black's Beach - Search Nearby - Added by Grant Nyquist

World famous waves on a cliffside beach via the main gate paved path. The beach is open and expansive and be very careful if it's big, the waves here are powerful!

With arguably some of San Diego’s best waves, Black’s Beach can be found 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. Stately eight-figure mansions now line the bluffs where pastures and the Black family horse farm once lay. Hence the name, Black's Beach.

Black’s is famous amongst surfers for big winter swells, but can also be a fun day for anyone looking for adventure and something off the beaten path. With no real access besides hiking down various trails or one paved walkway, this presents a challenge and keeps the beach relatively uncrowded. You can look up at towering cliffs lined with mansions, view the cove in La Jolla, watch for dolphins, check out paragliders, and just soak in one of San Diego's hidden gems. Bring snacks, water and some energy for the hike back to your car and you will have an amazing time here.

Distance

1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

650 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Surfing, Hiking

Beach
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

From $60/night

Outsite // San Diego

Encinitas, California

San Diego Metro KOA

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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I shred this place

not for beginners

although the walk down and the views are amazing, the waves aren't for the timid or beginners. be prepared to take a pounding if the waves are big.

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