Black’s Beach, Torrey Pines

Black’s Beach, Torrey Pines

by | May 7, 2020

Black’s Beach is a secluded section of Torrey Pines State Beach, about 10 miles (16 km) south-southeast of Encinitas and 4 miles (6.5 km) north-northeast of La Jolla, and beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines, California. Black’s Beach was named for the Black family who had a horse farm overlooking the beach. They sold the land, and it was developed as the La Jolla Farms subdivision, but the original private road to the beach was retained.

Torrey Pines State Beach is at the bottom of sandstone cliffs about 300 feet (92 m) in elevation, and starts at Scripps Beach to the south and continues north for about 4.5 miles (7.2 km), past Black’s Beach and the mouth of Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, to the city of Del Mar. The area is named after the endangered subspecies of Torrey Pine found only on the small coastal strips north and south of Torrey Pines State Beach. The northern portion of Black’s Beach is owned and managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation as a clothing-optional beach, while the southern portion of the beach, officially known as Torrey Pines City Beach, is jointly owned by the city of San Diego and the state park, but is managed by the city of San Diego.

The uplands overlooking Torrey Pine State Beach include the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a coastal park of 2,000 acres (809 ha). Although it is located within San Diego city limits, it remains one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast. The reserve was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1977. Read more here and here. Explore more of Black’s Beach here:

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This ‘warming stripe’ graphic is a visual representation of the change in global temperature from 1850 (top) to 2021 (bottom). Each stripe represents the average global temperature for one year. The average temperature from 1971-2000 is set as the boundary between blue and red. The color scale goes from -0.7°C to +0.7°C. The data are from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4.6 dataset. 

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