La Jolla is now home to a beautiful new seaside trail! The Scripps Institute of Oceanography dedicated and officially opened the Scripps Coastal Meander Trail on June 2, creating a new segment of the public trail network on the Scripps campus.
The Scripps Coastal Meander Trail is part of the state’s California Coastal Trail program, which is a network of public trails that, when finished, will allow people to walk along the entirety of the California coast – from the Oregon border to Mexico. It will eventually span 1,200 miles and 15 different counties, and is currently more than 50% complete.
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The 380-foot seaside segment will connect two existing overlooks (one established, one in the works); it features a boardwalk that sits more than 150 feet above the beach and will take hikers from a small parking lot off La Jolla Shores Drive down to a bluff overlooking Scripps Pier.
The new overlook will be built at the northern end after renovation of the former Southwest Fisheries Science Center is complete at the end of 2016. An overlook at the southern end of the trail is already established, complete with a comfy bench and beautiful views of the whole coast – from the Scripps Pier down up to Torrey Pines State Beach.
[KCET’s Digital Field Guide to the California Coastal Trail]
The trail has been in the works for a while, along with other various walkways that have been established on and around the Scripps campus over the last several years. Difficult, hilly terrain and projected costs made the project seem impossible, but in 2013, the California Coastal Conservancy granted Scripps $350,000 to complete the trail and landscape the area with drought-tolerant native plant species. The Institute later generously contributed an additional $262,000, making the trail’s 2015 completion possible.
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