Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

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#1 of 11 in Nature in San Diego
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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  • We did a 4 mile hike . The first half mostly uphill but doable for couples in their 60's. The trail then moves downhill with spectacular views of the hills and the beach. You end on a beautiful beach ...  more »
  • We had a wonderful walk through the trails up a steep hill climb and then down to the beach and along it. Worth the effort!  more »
  • The biggest challenge is parking. We got there later than we wanted to and uit was already very crowded. We paid $15 entrance fee and parked half way up the hill that only allowed for about 5 cars. We...  more »
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  • This place is probably the prettiest place near San Diego. They have some nice trails that go up through the Hills. If you have any interest in Torrey pine trees then you'll love this place. And even if you don't care about them which I don't, it's still a great place because you can do some hiking up the hills then come down to the beach and go back to the parking lot. We really had a good time there. And I would go again
  • This is state park so your national park pass does not apply here. Entry fee is $15 for each car. You can park outside near beach side or opposite side also has some parking. Small hiking options here. Beach trail is best trail to opt for hiking. Sunset is best time for photography.
  • Lots of fun great views. Parking was a bit of a zoo. You can park on the side of the road opposite the beach for $10 a day. Or you can try to get in the lot on the beach side for $20 a day. Or you can sit around and try to vulture a free spot along the road. We were there about 3 hours and had a nice Pace walk up past the Torrey Pines Lodge down the RZR Trail and then the beach Trail and then walk back along the beach. Very nice
  • For an easy hike outdoors, this is the place to go. I have taken many friends and family of all sizes and ages. If you walk down the beach about a mile to the stairs and head up the trail of your choice, I find this the best! Beach, trail, beach back to the car. You can turn around at any time, walk on firm wet send for knees, climb the hill as far as the group is able. For experienced hikers, I finish the beach, far loop towards Torrey Golf, beach back to the car in 1 hour 30 min.
  • The jewel of San Diego. This park has a variety of trails, all with stunning views. Several lead to the beautiful beach. There's plenty of parking, but does fill up on weekends and holidays when it's hot. Please stay on trails and leave your dog at home. This jewel needs our protection.
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