The Mushroom House

One of my favorite parts about travel photography is that you find things, which you might not see on a typical trip. In a recent trip to San Diego I wanted to make sure that one place I didn't miss was, The Mushroom House. I had seen a few photos of it online, and knew that I had to see it out for myself. In a secluded part of Blacks Beach in La Jolla lies one of the wildest things I've ever seen. 

The Mushroom House, was built in the 1960's by the multi-million dollar owner of a local potato chip company as a guest house. It's build like a fortress, with the concrete surroundings and being able to withstand everything that mother nature throws at it. An elevator to the top of the mountain is the only way someone could have quick access. Completely round and what guarantees to have one of the best views in the world. Something like this would never be able to be built by today's standards - the beach laws would never allow it.

In doing my research people were saying you basically had three ways to access it. Either walk up the beach about 10 minutes across the rocks from Scripps Pier, hike the narrow and steep Ho Chi Minh Trail that puts you about 5 minutes away or walk down the beach from Torrey Pines Glider Port about 20 minutes (which also takes you through the nude beach). After taking a hard look at Google Maps, I realized that there was actually a 4th option. There was a service road that basically lead you directly on top of the house. 

You park along the street on Blackgold Road, and then walk down a steep but paved road all the way down to the beach. It's a very steep incline, but also offers some pretty incredible views at one point. This also must be a hot spot for locals to surf, because that is basically all the people we encountered on our way down.

If you are ever in San Diego and looking for a great adventure, and get a little exercise - I highly recommend checking The Mushroom House out.

Pro Tip: Check the tide before you go. I failed to and we went at high tide and it made the trek across the rocks that much more crazy, along with having to shoot most the my photos from in the ocean. (see below)

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