Skip to content

About Black’s Beach in La Jolla, California

Black’s Beach is a famous clothing-optional beach below a “gliderport” parking area on Torrey Pines Mesa. Blacks is a combo of Torrey Pines City Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach when looking at land ownership. It’s stretches from Torrey Pines State Beach below the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course at the north end all the way to Scripps Beach at the UCSD Oceanography Campus at the south end.

The access route down from the large glider port parking area is quite steep and slippery in places. If you are carrying stuff and/or need help descending steep trails then consider a different beach or a different route.

There is another access further south at the intersection of Blackgold and La Jolla Farms Roads where a long paved path leads down to an area known as South Blacks Beach but parking is limited to 2 hours.

Another more interesting route to Blacks Beach uses a trail known as the Saigon Trail or Ho Chi Minh Trail. This option is for adventurous hikers who are comfortable with a challenging route down eroded hillsides.

The clothing optional section of Black’s Beach is supposed to be well defined to avoid problems that could affect the nude beach status. The north boundary is Mussel Rocks (where large rocks extend into the water) and the south boundary is about 100 yards south of the main access trail. The gay area is reportedly a 15 minute walk north on the beach from the main path down to Black’s Beach.

Torrey Pines State Park has two easier access points at North Beach and South Beach on N Torrey Pines Road.

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
Park Name
Torrey Pines City Beach
Other Names
Torrey Pines City Beach
City Beach
Pet Details
Leashed dogs allowed on beach before 9am and after 6pm from April-Oct. (changes to 4pm Nov.-March).
Free parking
Surfing, Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Fishing, Whale Watching, Beach Exploration
Restrooms, Hang-Gliding Launch
La Jolla, US
11:22 am, March 20, 2023
temperature icon 58°F
L: 55° H: 59°
Feels like 57.79 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 2.77
Precipitation: 0.03 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:52 am
Sunset: 7:00 pm
Humidity 91 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 3 m/s

Nearby Beaches

South Black’s Beach

0.6 miles away

The southern section of Black’s Beach, also known as Torrey Pines City Beach, is accessible through a gate at...

View beach

Scripps Beach

1.4 miles away

Scripps Beach is adjacent to the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus in northern La Jolla. The long concrete...

View beach

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Lodging


Add your review

There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write one.