First Day Hikes 2022

Wow! I am so happy to write up this post in record time! You see, yesterday, I realized that the California State Parks uniquely celebrate the New Year. How is that, you may ask?
California State Park staff members, docents, and volunteers will show off the beauty and wonders of our gorgeous State Park system by leading the general public in First Day Hikes! Below is valuable information on each San Diego/ California State Park featured, plus a brief explanation of where and what is offered.
I will start north up at San Onofre State Beach and go south towards the California/Mexican Border.
It is supposed to be chilly on the coast today, with the high only 62 degrees, so please consider that!

First Day Hikes at San Onofre State Beach

Trestles November sand dunes water surfers

Where – Trestles Beach Trailhead on Cristianitos Road/ El Camino Real

Time- 2 pm

Parking- Free on Cristianitos Rd or in Trestles paid parking lot next to Carl’s Jr


  • walking 1.5 miles on Trestles Beach Trail through coastal sage scrub and riparian habitats while noting plants and birds along the way
  • check out the tide pools on the beach during the extreme low tide

Ages- all ages

Length of Hike– take note that the walk is quite far, about 1.5 to 2 hours

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South Carlsbad State Beach

South Carlsbad state beach staircase

Where– Campfire Center within the South Carlsbad State Beach Campground

Time- 1:30 pm

Parking– must park offsite and walk onto the campground

Experience- Joined by a State Park Interpreter, you will begin the walk by going down the main stairway and making your way north on the beach, taking note of the coastal plants and wildlife, and being on the lookout for dolphins and whales.

Ages- all ages

Length of Hike- 45 -minute walk

Contact– Email to register and include “First Day Hike S. Carlsbad” in the subject line at Walk-ups are also welcome

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Cardiff State Beach- First Day Hikes 2022

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Where – Seaside Parking Lot near Tower 11

Time– 11 am

Parking– paid parking lot


  • a brisk walk along the Living Shorelines Projects rare Sand Dune Trail, and then walk toward Cardiff Reef and check out the tide pools near Tower 10

Ages– all ages

Length of Hike- 45 minutes

Contact– Sandy at-

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First Day Hikes at Torrey Pines State Beach

Torrey Pines State Beach first day hikes 2022


Where- on top of the hill at the Visitor Center

Time- 10 am and 2 pm

Parking- off-street parking as well as paid parking


  • there are six trails to choose from, but the Nature hike leader will determine it due to the size of the group and ability levels

Ages- all ages but accompanied by a parent or guardian

Contact- Hike lead coordinator docent Joe Meyer at or State Parks Ranger David at

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Tijuana Estuary Natural Preserve and Birding

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Where– Visitor Center at 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach

Time- 11 am

Parking– free parking lot


  • Docent Jan will take you around the salt marsh around the Visitor Center, pointing out endangered and sensitive species
  • great hike for the whole family

Ages- all ages

Length of Hike-flat and easy 1 to 1.5 miles


  • Call (619) 575-3613 Wednesday-Sunday for more information. Visit 

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References- California Department of Parks and Recreation

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