La Jolla Farms is a residential neighborhood located a 30-minute commute north of downtown San Diego, California. There are some businesses within walking distance, but the area was not designed with on-foot travel in mind and main roads are not specifically pedestrian-friendly.
There is a dog-friendly restaurant in the area where your pet can join you on the outdoor seating area called Mustangs and Burros.
Beautiful San Diego weather features lots of sunny, warm weather which makes walks with your dog enjoyable and seldom requires special outdoor gear. Heat in the summer can be an issue and you may want to take your dog out earlier or later in the day to avoid the midday sun. There are some rainy, overcast, and foggy days in the spring, especially in this coastal location. Fog usually clears later in the day, but use caution if visibility is reduced in the morning.
La Jolla Farms is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west side, the Torrey Pines Golf Course on the north, North Torrey Pines Road on the east, and the Scripps Reserve and Institute of Oceanography on the south side. The north side golf course provides manicured green space in contrast to the Scripps Reserve on the south side which features natural rough terrain. The coast has a narrow beach with towering cliffs and the La Jolla Farms community is located on the elevated ground, providing spectacular ocean and sunset views.
La Jolla Farms is an affluent community with mansions with yards and properties that are beautifully landscaped. Homes in the area display a variety of different architectural styles and swimming pools are common features. There is a gated community on the east side with more uniform homes.
Most of the residential sections have only gentle hills that are easy to walk around. The waterfront cliffs are very steep and access to the beach is only available via a few trails.
Several trailheads provide access to the beach, the Torrey Pines Reserve to the north, and Scripps Reserve to the south. The Saigon Trail and Blacks Beach Trail go down to the water but have steep elevation changes, so be sure you and your dog are up to the trek home if you venture down these paths. Also, be aware that access to San Diego beaches for dogs is restricted, so check local regulations for accessibility.
The La Jolla Trail and Salk Institute Beach Trail also provide hiking trails in the area with views from the cliffs and rough terrain. The Scripps Coastal reserve is a 100-acre natural area which provides habitat for local flora and fauna along the coast and has great hiking trails and views for you and your canine companion to enjoy.
The Torrey Pines Reserve to the north features wooded areas with rare pine forests and miles of hiking trails along the cliffs and through the trees for hikes with your hound.