Updated June 6, 2023 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures
Directions to Torrey Pines Glider Port: see below | Google Map
Parking: Free parking in the dirt lot at the gliderport. Watch out for really big potholes!
Getting There: Just a short walk from the parking lot.
Things to Do: Hang gliding, paragliding, lessons, tandem rides, photography, hike down to Black's Beach Things to See: View of La Jolla coastline, watch the hangliders and paragliders soaring along the cliff, sunset over the Pacific Ocean
Facilities: Portable toilets,
Services: Hang gliding and paragliding lessons, tandem rides
High Tide Access: If you hike down the 300 foot bluff on the Torrey Pines Gliderport trail to Black's Beach, it is usually accessible. Access if you walk north or south along the beach may be limited above 3 feet MLLW.
Lifeguard: Lifeguards sporadically patrol the beach but consider it swim-at-own-risk
Dogs: Leashed dogs are allowed on this city owned Torrey Pines City Park before 9 AM or after 6 PM (4 PM from Nov. 1 - Mar. 31)
Things NOT to Do: No alcohol, no glass containers, no smoking, no littering, no disturbing noise, no beach fires, no overnight sleeping, camping or parking; no gawking, no photography without permission of the sunbathers below
Disability Access: Poor. Dirt parking lot can be full of potholes. Glider port area is on a grassy lawn.
Hazards: Inherent risks associated with hang gliding and para gliding; steep unstable cliffs - stay back from cliffs as they can slide or large boulders can drop, do not attempt to hike down on any trail except the official Gliderport trail to Black's Beach.
If you want to enjoy the thrill of hang gliding or paragliding, try a tandem ride with an instructor first. They do not take reservations because it depends on the wind, but recommend you call the Torrey Pines Glider Port at (858) 452-9858 around 10:30 in the morning for an update on wind conditions before you visit. Bring a jacket, sneakers, (heavy jacket and gloves in winter) and $175 - $200 for your tandem flight. No age limits.
When you arrive you will park in the dirt parking lot near the buildings.
Typically you do not have to wait more than 45 minutes for a flight. The views are so spectacular that you won't mind anyway!
There is 5 - 10 minutes of ground training with your tandem instructor before you are ready to take off.
Optional Hike to Black's Beach From TorreyPines Glider Port - If you want to hike down the steep trail to clothing-optional Blacks Beach, the trail entrance is at the end of the parking area to the left of where all of the "unstable cliff" signs are located (far left in this photo above). It is rugged and steep but has stairs and rails. Wear sturdy shoes, and if you plan to stay after sunset, bring a good flashlight for the hike back up.
Driving Directions to Torrey Pines Gliderport: From Interstate 5 take Genesee west. Turn left on Torrey Pines Rd. then right on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, just before the Salk Institute. There is an unimproved parking with free parking at the end of the street at the Tory Pines Glider Port above Black's Beach. (2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037)
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