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There are no easy ways to Black's. There is either a steep climb, a long hike or entry by water route. There are several steep climb options, and there are two long hike options. Access by water is done only rarely and very few do it. I usually enter by way of the gliderport.
The long hike means either entry at La Jolla Shores and hike north or entry at Torrey Pines and hike south. Each of these entries will be challenging at high tide.
Maybe you just want GPS coordinates. N
32.887734 W 117.243721
N32°53.403' W117°14.994' 302 ft
The gliderport address 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, 92037
Black's Beach Bares
PO Box 12255
La Jolla, CA 92039
|Torrey Pines State Beach||Gliderport||Salk Canyon Road||La Jolla Shores|
|Pay Parking||Dirt or Street Parking||Street Parking, Restricted Weekdays||High Demand Parking|
|Long Flat Hike||Steep Trail||Steep Road||Long Flat Hike|
|Impassable at High Tide||Slippery When Wet||Impassable at High Tide|
Exit interstate 5 at Carmel Valley Road and head west. Turn left at Camino Del Mar. Enter through the gate and park where you can. Walk to the beach and turn south, which is left. Black's Beach is about 2 miles south. On the seaside of that gap is a flat rock, usually in the surf.
| At some point you will pass through a gap, called
|A View Looking back at Flatrock.
When you see this sign, you will know you're almost
||There are rocks with crabs hiding inside.
Then you enter a disputed area, called Mussel Mesa. If you don't cover the usual body parts in this area, you risk a citation.
The disputed area is another 100 yards to this steel buoy.
South of the buoy, you may finally undress.
The nude section continues south for a little more than a mile.
|Exit interstate 5 at La Jolla Village Drive and turn west. Follow that
street as it curves right and becomes North Torrey Pines Road. Turn left
at La Jolla Shores Drive then right onto La Jolla Farms Road. Where La
Jolla Farms Road meets Black Gold Road is the access road to Black's
Beach. Vehicle access is controlled by UC San Diego, but pedestrian access
Parking is restricted on weekdays. It's a two hour zone. Park where ever you can find a space and walk back to the gate. Salk Canyon Road is a one lane asphalt road that winds its way to the beach. There is one place where you can take a steep shortcut.
Exit interstate 5 at La Jolla Parkway, which is at the highway 52 merge. Head west on La Jolla Parkway and turn right on La Jolla Shores Drive. Turn left on Vallecitos, Calle Frescota or Calle de Oro. Any one of those will take you to La Jolla Shores. Park where you can and walk to the beach. Once on the beach, turn north, which is to the right. It's about a three mile walk to clothing optional territory.
|Once you pass this beach house, you have about
a half mile to go.
||When you see this line of cones, you have
||Even the label on the cone says, you're there.
||The post doesn't tell you much.
||Check for this rock, just a little further
north, and everything checks out.|
The nude section stretches a little over a mile beyond.