The tide pools at Dike Rock are not as large as other locations but provide variable terrain features that allow for a variety of marine life to life on. The main area is a single large rock and a long rocky sea wall covered by marine life. The surrounding area is covered by large boulders that make ideal habitat for animals that prefer calmer water. The area just to the south has the occasional rock but also has habitat for animals that like to live in sandier areas.
Location and AmenetiesThe closest public parking is just south of the UC San Diego parking lot on El Paseo Grande street. Park on this street or the next closest street and start walking north along the beach. There are no public restrooms at this location.
Tidepool AccessThe tide pools are located several hundred yards to the north of the pier. Either walk through the campus of UC San Diego or head to the beach and walk north.
Points of InterestThis tide pool area has three main areas and habitats. The first area is the large rock about 10 feet high. There is also a long rock wall that runs nearly parallel to the beach. Both of these locations provide great vertical surfaces to attach to ad appropriately covered by a variety of marine life. There are small pools on top of the large rock that have huge sea anemones and crabs living in them. The rocks are covered by mussels, barnacles and lots of snails and limpets. The cracks and small channels have sea stars or least they did until they were all killed by the sea start wasting syndrome. They will eventually recover as this is not the first time this has happened.
The second distinct area of this tide pool are the smaller rocks found near the sandy areas. Some of these rocks are covered by mats of aggregating sea anemones and solitary sea anemones. This can be a great place to see both species side by side. The higher rocks are covered with mussels and barnacles.
This tide pool area also has a large boulder field that makes great habitat for animals that prefer calmer water. Expect to find clams, snails, lots of limpets and the occasional barnacle and tube work. Sea hares are also common in this area if the conditions are just right.