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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  • Nice pack with great views. Only did a short walk up and through late one afternoon. Hoping to have more time one day to go again. I think you need to pay to park, not sure the cost as my friend had a...  more »
  • The 15 dollars entrance fee per car is worthwhile. You can park at the bottom of the sea and either walk along the beach or up into the hills, or drive directly to one of the parking lots near the viewpoints. From there there are different ways to more beautiful scenic views.
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  • We hiked several trails at the suggestion of the ranger at the visitor center. Beautiful scenery, clearly marked trails, very doable even with our 1 year old granddaughter in a backpack carrier. Unfor...  more »
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  • My favorite local state reserve. Stunning views, free if you are into hiking. Not much time? You can pay for parking and drive up to the short hikes. Beach access from the reserve. Just bring your camera and water. The beauty will satisfy you. Do all the hikes if you can. So beautiful each one!!
  • best hidden gem of SD, Black's beach is a surfer's paradise.. swim at own risk, there is a patrolling lifeguard so help may not be too close at all times. dolphin pods can sometimes be spotted close to the break in late summer... warning: It is a clothing optional beach, so try not to gawk or be uncomfortable with nudity
  • Torrey pines State reserve is a wonderful place to visit, both for the views and the excellent hiking. all of the trails are well marked and very easy to walk along. There is nothing difficult that will cost you a heavy physical exertion to enjoy a beautiful scenic view of the Pacific ocean. This is one of the best places to visit in San Diego county. I highly recommend you come and see both the beauty of the state reserve as well as the Pacific ocean. It's a wonderful place to visit whether it is sunny or overcast!
  • Beautiful. Fun and challenging hikes. Plenty to come back and see depending on the time of day. If you haven't been or just haven't been in a while you should definitely visit. Easily one of my favorite places to just appreciate nature and the gorgeous views.
  • Great trails meandering through Torrey Pines (trees) and local plants. Best to visit during flower season for spectacular photo opportunities. Look for a small botancial garden (Whitaker Garden) at one of the top trails (Parry Grove Trail). Get ready for amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, and maybe a whale or two in the far distance. Several lookouts with benches are perfect for resting and taking in the scenery. State Reserve has water fountains at the bottom and upper parking lots, well-stocked restrooms at the bottom parking lot, with running water and soap. During the summer season beach guards will look out for your safety at the beach. Park rangers and volunteers will answer your questions. Get the annual parking pass to avoid a hassle of waiting for empty spots. The Beach sand comes and goes, depending on a season and storm patterns, so wear sturdy shoes for hikes over rocks and pebbles when sand recedes. Barefoot walks are enjoyable when beach sand is restored by the Reserve crew.
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