The 5 Best Casual Hikes in Southern California

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One of the advantages of living in Southern California is close proximity to the beach. From the Silver Strand in San Diego, to Leo Carrillo in North Los Angeles, the region is full of excellent sandy spots to explore. As there are a plethora of beaches for locals and visitors to explore alike, it’s not a surprise that the go-to shoe in Southern California is a sandal for days on the beach, and nights on the town.

While there are plenty of complicated hikes in California that require more intense hiking gear, there are also tons of great micro-adventures in and around Southern California that require not much more than sandals and casual wear. Here’s a list of five great adventures that you can take on with as little as your t-shirt, shorts and sandals.

1. Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego

Stretching from La Jolla to Del Mar, Torrey Pines State Beach is a picturesque expanse of sand, rocks, and eroded cliffs that date back several thousand years. This beach is a great spot for a hike, walk or jog. One of the most popular hikes begins at the Pacific Coast Highway parking area, and heads south along the coast for one and a half miles. At this point, hikers can turn back and walk back to their car, keep heading south to the infamous Black’s Beach (clothing optional), or explore Bathtub Rock, which has a distinctive rectangle cut into its center. More adventurous hikers can also head up into Torrey Pines State Reserve on the sandy trails from this point, and loop back around to the parking area on the park road, which used to be the old Pacific Coast Highway.

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