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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

Categories: Hiking Trails, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web
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. Add Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to your San Diego travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Diego trip itinerary builder.
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  • This beach is only four miles from home, and is still awe inspiring every day we pass it or walk its shores. 
  • Torrey pines is a beautiful place and my hotel was nearby with this view. It is great to see the hills near the sea. 
  • This park along the coast boasts sandstone cliffs, rare plants, a variety of hikes, and great views. The visitor center at the top of the ridge in the center of the park provides information about the...  read more »
  • Torrey Pines is a wonderful place to take the family. There are several easy hiking trails on the reserve, one of which goes down to the beach. I've done most of the trails on the hill and they're very well maintained and safe for even small children. There are great views of the beach and plenty of places to rest and take pictures. The beach itself is very clean and the waves are usually moderate. Albeit a little bit rocky, it is a great experience. Would definitely recommend Torrey Pines to anyone visiting the area.
  • Outright gorgeous. My favorite park. Spent many hours there numerous times per week. You cannot tire of the sunsets and colors. Great hiking, too. Nature at its best in a sea of urban hustle.
  • There is something magical in the air at Torrey Pines State reserve, one of San Diego's greatest treasures. The rarest pine tree in North America, the Torrey Pine, makes it's home on the 2000 acre park on the north end of San Diego proper on this protected land. My 444th review will highlight some of the many ways to enjoy the reserve. History buffs will enjoy walking on the original highway 101 and checking out the small, free museum/visitors center. This historic adobe building used to be a popular restaurant pit stop for travelers. There are 8 miles of easy to moderate walking paths on the reserve and they all have breathtaking ocean views and native vegetation. One of my favorite trails, Guy Fleming trail, is a short loop that can be completed in about 15 minutes and there are several lookout points with the best views at the reserve. I love it so much that this is where I had my wedding photos taken. Another trail takes you to the beach with it's final destination of Bathtub Rock, a flat rock with a hole shaped like a bathtub and this is a big attraction for tourists and kids. In addition to the rich history, endangered flora and hiking trails, Torrey Pines Reserve also has a sandy beach with restrooms and a parking lot. It is easily accessible and convenient for family outings with activities for everyone. I love to hike Torrey Pines every chance I get, just make sure to eat before you go as food is not allowed on the reserve. Happy hiking!
  • Beautiful park that oversees the ocean. Great place to hike since the uphill is not too strenuous. There is parking at the bottom however I've seen them charge $20 for entrance. You can park down by del Mar off the streets and walk in or you can park by the glide port and during low tide just walk through blacks beach and enter the main park in the beach entrance. Breath taking views and very well managed
  • Had the great pleasure of hiking down and making the bench just above the beach my office for a two hour conference call in the very early morning while I watched pelicans and a seal catching their breakfast just outside the surf break. Also caught a P51 flying down the coast and a few F18 powering out for early morning training. Way cool convergence of beautiful nature and powerful technology.
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