I know, this is more than a month late, but I guess, better late than never. :)
The low tide that day was at 3 pm, so, we actually first went hiking and birding at Lake Hodges in the morning. We only went to La Jolla Shores for tide pooling after lunch.
Before going down the tidepool area at Dike Rock in Scripps Coastal Reserve, we stopped first at Scripps Biodiversity Coastal Reserve on top of the bluffs, which is commonly called the "The Knoll."
When we had enough of the tidepool, we continued walking North towards the shore just below the Knoll. I love this part to take photos of low lit cliffs reflected on the sand at low tide.
PS....I am glad I finally have written about New Year's wonderful gifts to The Joys of Simple Life tidepooling.