Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

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The 809 hectares (2,000 acres) of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve make up one of the wildest stretches of land on the southern Californian coast. The state park offers eight different trails so you can choose the length, difficulty, and scenery that suit you best. For the most diverse scenery, take the Guy Fleming trail, the easiest of the eight. Animal lovers can look for bobcats, foxes, rabbits, and even whales off the coast in some seasons. To enjoy a picnic, you need to head to the beach below via the beach trail because the park forbids food and drink other than water. Bring plenty of water with you; you cannot buy any here. Plan my day in San Diego using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Beautiful well kept reserve. Trails have limited access with young ones. It was our first visit. We would have appreciated guidance and map from the parking lot attendant as we were left to figure it ...  more »
  • The reserve was a great place to spend an afternoon. The visitor centre is small but staff are very helpful. There is a nature trail that is not challenging but great for a variety of ages and fitness...  more »
  • I have hiked/walked along this beach/mountain multiple times after work and on weekends. If you're patient, you can wait for a free parking spot right along the water, but if you're not patient, you c...  more »
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  • If you are in San Diego for vacation, please make time to visit here. The staff is friendly, helpful, and they had some neat educational stuff going on while we visited. There are also free guided tours during certain times of the day. The beach is nice. Some of the hiking is good for all ages with great views! Paths are clearly marked where and where not to go. Also Torrey Pines is the rarest pine in North America! It is amazing to see how the cliffs have formed and there are plenty of informational signs that go more in depth about the lands, plants, and animals in that area. Definitely worth the visit and the price of admission.
  • Beautiful place to watch the Sunset! However, We arrived at 6:50 PM and Parking was $20 and Closed at 8PM. It's been My favorite beach for most of My Life. I never minded paying for Parking because They really keep it clean and have shower's n bathrooms. But, I just felt that was too much money for the Parking that late in the evening. Otherwise, I'd have given it 5 star's for cleanliness and a place to park. Enjoy the rest of the Summer Season it's a beautiful Beach to take a long walk. (if time permits)
  • This is my go to for a leisurely, yet scenic (and quick) hike. The views of the ocean are just breathtaking and on a clear day, La Jolla is easily spotted on one of the many viewing areas. It can get very crowded here during the weekends, especially when the weather is nice. The trails are easy enough for kids probably as young as 5, but they aren't paved, so I would avoid using strollers here. Volunteers lead guided tours a few times a day and can be found at the parking lot. I love the rock formations and the trees, which are very unique to this area. If you are looking to go for a super easy stroll, then I'd recommend the Guy Fleming Trail. The beach trail will lead you to Flat Rock and the beach and for now, with a few of the trails out of commission, you'll either have to retrace your steps to get back or take the beach route. The Parry Grove trail is pretty easy once you descend the stone stairs. Overall a family friendly place (with the exception of dogs and strollers!)
  • This is real North County. See how the region looked before rampant development paved most of it over. San Diego's own indigenous pine, the Torrey Pine, is a rugged survivor; take a hike in this arid landscape and understand why. Spectacular sandstone cliffs with fossilized oyster beds. Coastal chaparral scented with sage. Gorgeous views are a bonus! Pay an entry fee and drive to trails at the top or park for free along PCH and walk in for free. The beach is nice here, too. I love this place.
  • This place is so beautiful! The hike is not long. It's suitable for everyone, even kids. The trail appears to be safe. The only thing I didn't appreciate, were the numerous joggers running and up and down the trail. The views are amazing. If you hike down to the beach, it's worth it. There are some cliffs you can climb onto and explore a bit more. You can either walk along the beach back to the car, which seems to be a longer distance or you can take the trail back. Either option was fine because the views are excellent.
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