Continue walking past the lifeguard tower following the sidewalk up the hill. Down on your left is the giant Clam Cave, a favorite swim through for sea lions. The ocean inlet below is Emerald Cove. The area’s name comes from the bright green grass growing under the shallow waters. Sea lions prefer heights. The rocky ledges along the lower cliffs are very popular haul-outs for these guys. Here is a great spot to get some cute pictures.
Around the next bend is the Cave Store. Inside the store, you can walk down a tunnel to Sunny Jim’s, the only land accessible ocean cave on the west coast. If you listen, you may be able to hear some of the large males barking below!
Behind the store, the path turns to dirt. Take the wooden staircase down to the observation deck for incredible views of La Jolla.