News Article

Work continues to restore Princess Street trail beach access.

BY Dave Schwab
December 9, 2022

A nonprofit group in charge of leading the effort to re-establish beach access on a historic trail from Princess Street in La Jolla to the pocket beach below is nearly done studying the project, before starting work on design and construction to restore the pathway.

The planned trail at Princess Street will descend 50 feet from the public street at the bluff top to the intimate pocket beach below and will be open between sunrise and sunset. The Environmental Center of San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, will maintain and monitor the trail and landscaping upon completion.

Until 1979, the Princess Street Coastal Access Trail provided a point of entry to what is now known as the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park and Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve. It also has served as a critical emergency access point for City lifeguards to an otherwise inaccessible portion of the La Jolla coastline due to rocky cliff topography.