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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

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Hiking Trail Wildlife Area
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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  • I like the State Reserve way up on the hill...but the real amazing views & trails ARE FREE!!! Just across the estuary along Carmel Valley Rd. Just look for Scenic Del Mar Parkway (lighted intersection...  more »
  • Stopped here on the way to SAN. Lost of trails for hiking - probably best to go during the week if you can, we visited on a Saturday morning and it was crowded. Lots of options, you can park at the be...  more »
  • Spent a Saturday morning here hiking the various trails and had a great experience. There are trails for all kinds of abilities. The rare torrey pines are great to see. Many markers to tell you what t...  more »
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  • This place is awesome! Coming from Texas we don't get to see hills like this! You can pretty much make your own level of journey. If you want a challenge there's definitely places you can hike to get that heart rate up! Otherwise you can stay further down and cruise the scenery with the beach right there. I spent about an hour and a half there but could've spent all day if I didn't have to fly back home. Locals...you're lucky to have such an amazing park! Enjoy!
  • We did go to the famous Blacks Beach and no, we didn't feel threatened by loads of naked men. The atmosphere was very relaxing, plenty of young families, students etc. all there. Just freedom. The ocean is perfect there, refreshing and nice sandy all the way in. Just the steps down and especially up were a real effort. Even really fit experienced hikers had to take breaks, but the views you have during those breaks are totally worth it.
  • This is a fun place to visit for a bit. Parking is free at the Glider Port and you can buy drinks and snacks while you watch the hang gliders jump from the cliffs. If you're brave enough, you can even get a ride (costs plenty of $$). This is also access to Black's Beach, one of the few nudist beaches in California. It's a 10 to 15 minute hike to the beach...and a bit longer going back up!
  • Such a beautiful place to be and to hike. Be prepared if hiking to go up a steep incline and then through a few different terrains. Cool experience and fun Sunday exercise!
  • Got our wedding photos taken here, stunningly gorgeous! The perfect place to take photos at happy hour. We didn't even go down to the beach, we stayed on the cliffs above and everywhere was nice and easy to maneuver in even in a wedding dress. Easy street parking, as well!