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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  • I'm not a hiker, but I loved the Guy Fleming Trail. It was the highlight of the trip. The views can't be beat! 
    I'm not a hiker, but I loved the Guy Fleming Trail. It was the highlight of the trip. The views can't be beat!  more »
  • If you like to hike, you have to hike at Torrey Pines! Go on a clear day when you can see the beautiful ocean from the top of the cliffs. I once even saw a beached whale. It gets busy on weekends.....  more
    If you like to hike, you have to hike at Torrey Pines! Go on a clear day when you can see the beautiful ocean from the top of the cliffs. I once even saw a beached whale. It gets busy on weekends.....  more »
  • I had read so much about the Guy Fleming Trail that it became a "must" for us. No disappointments there. Great views while strolling through a number of different habitats: scrub, chaparral, and... 
    I had read so much about the Guy Fleming Trail that it became a "must" for us. No disappointments there. Great views while strolling through a number of different habitats: scrub, chaparral, and...  more »
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  • Stopped by on my way to Del Mar since people recommend this place, and wanted to switch it up. Parking - Horrible as the place can get full easily and lines to get in back up pretty long. The employees here are slow also and take forever to make the transaction. Hike/Trail - When you park on top of the hill they have park workers at the booth to answer any questions, also place is actually really nice as its not too difficult and they have a couple trails to choose from. During and when you get to the spot it's amazing ocean views and hill views. Historic Building - They also have a small visitor center and the lady working here is so sweet, nice and helpful. They have a movie room, items for sale, displays, and outside area with great views. Overall it was a good experience, kinda hot day but all worth it. Would consider coming back and would recommend it.
  • Beautiful! Not crowded but lots of people. Plenty of space!! Our life guard tower was only staffed 3 to 4 hours (which was surprising although it was a Thurs in July) I don't know what is typical. It was cold and overcast most of the 6 hours we were all there. There is a foot shower only, outside the restrooms. (South beach) Sufficient for our needs but with young children!!! a shower is helpful!
  • A beautiful place to hike several trails on the cliffs above the beach, take photos at high points overlooking the ocean and enjoy the seashore. Parking is $25, with lots by the beach and by the visitor center. The visitor center is currently closed (as of 4/9/21). Portable restrooms are located across the road from the visitor center. Many wheelchair accessible trails are available. If you choose to spend extended time at the beach, bring chairs because there are more rocks than sand near the shore. The rocks are smooth, however, and easy to walk on with shoes.
  • I've lived in San Diego since 2015 and had never been on this hike. Boy, have I been missing out! Since stay-at-home orders are in effect and most places are closed, I had to come up with some outdoor ideas to entertain my sister during her visit from Texas. This hike did not disappoint! The trails are well-maintained with clear designations about where you are heading and where not to tread. Red Butte offered a magnificent panoramic view of the sandy cliffs and the Pacific Ocean, while the Beach Trail offers an up-close-and-personal experience with the shore. We took the 3.3 mile hike and stopped at all the lookouts and I gotta' tell you... they were each just breathtaking! Highly, highly recommend this hike. It's not super difficult (young kids? No problem), but it definitely felt like long walk that deserved a gin and tonic finale. Recommend getting there early to avoid the line of cars on Torrey Pines Rd. $20 admission fee if you can't find seawall parking.
  • The Torrey Pines State Reserve contains the only place in the world (and Santa Rosa Island) where the Torrey Pine Trees grow naturally. If you drive into the reserve or park at the nearby Torrey Pines Beach Parking lot, you will pay a fee. There is free parking on the street parking on the right just before entering the park from the north but these spots fill up quick. There are no dogs allowed, no drones, and no food or drink allowed in the reserve except water. There are restrooms near the Torrey Pines Beach Parking lot as well as near the Beach Trailhead once inside the park. I did hike most of the trails at the reserve. Some of the best scenery is near the water where the bluffs are. There are plenty of vista/lookout points around and some trails contain many steps going up/down so plan accordingly. The Torrey Pine trees were not all that appealing to look at but after learning about them at the visitor center I now have a deeper appreciation for these wonderful and rare trees which were at one point on the brink of destruction. I highly recommend stopping by the visitor center where there are exhibits about the wildlife and plant life that live in the reserve as well as videos about the history of the area. I am sure if you visit this place, you will truly enjoy yourself as i did. Pictures don't lie!

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