Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

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#1 of 13 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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  • GREAT scenic hike, me and the LADY visited Torrey Pines hiking trails. The beauty is in how diverse the different trails are. It does cost $12 to park your car at the top of hill, which allows you to hike the trails at the top. I believe there are 4 different ones. We hiked 3 of them which consisted of some steep climbs and cliff side jaw dropping vistas. ( WELL WORTH IT) Come early to avoid crowds-but a definite must see while in SD!
  • It's a very cool park with some nice trails that go around the cliffs and to the beach. The parking fee was a bit high ($20 when I went) but there was psrking available (on a Friday). Luckily they accept the CA State Parks Parking Pass. This place has plenty of signs describing the area and the plight of the Torrey Pines. You will get a lot of insight on the Flora and fauna of the area whole enjoying beautiful views. The hikes aren't too bad and most trails are less than a mile long. I'd recommend visiting this park if you're in the area.
  • Beautiful destination. The hike isn't intense but it is a big hill. I'd recommend taking two cars, starting at the top hiking down from the pines then along the beach, take a car from the bottom parking lot back up to the first vehicle. Sunsets and rises are spectacular here bring your camera gear. No smoking allowed and littering is a serious offense so be cool.
  • Nice trails and loops. A lot can be seen in a couple of hours. There are some challenging stairs you can go down and climb up. The hike to the beach is nice and a great workout coming up. There are gardens along the trails. So many to choose to do. Excellent vantage points all around the trails. Great place to take lots of photos.
  • One of the most beautiful hikes I've been on! Started at the South Beach lot and hiked to the gold course. You get a marvelous view of the city on one side, and a view of the beach on the other. I would put this on your list of things to do if you're visiting and you love nature.
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