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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. 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 had never been to San Diego and didn't want to give up anything, even Torrey Pines. The place is very nice but I think it's worth seeing it only if you have enough time to walk calmly all the trails and down to the beach. Done hastily doesn't make much sense because there are other points in San Diego where you can admire the beautiful reefs.
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  • We stopped on the north side of the beach area to take in the views from the bluffs overlooking the sea. Beautiful spot to take some pictures -- there were a number of flowering plants up there. Worth...  more »
  • If you want a great hike with an awesome view, start from the parking lot at the bottom or park on the street for free if you can find a spot and walk on the beach until you find the stairs then take ...  more »
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  • There is something magical in the air at Torrey Pines State reserve, one of San Diego's greatest treasures. The rarest pine tree in North America, the Torrey Pine, makes it's home on the 2000 acre park on the north end of San Diego proper on this protected land. My 444th review will highlight some of the many ways to enjoy the reserve. History buffs will enjoy walking on the original highway 101 and checking out the small, free museum/visitors center. This historic adobe building used to be a popular restaurant pit stop for travelers. There are 8 miles of easy to moderate walking paths on the reserve and they all have breathtaking ocean views and native vegetation. One of my favorite trails, Guy Fleming trail, is a short loop that can be completed in about 15 minutes and there are several lookout points with the best views at the reserve. I love it so much that this is where I had my wedding photos taken. Another trail takes you to the beach with it's final destination of Bathtub Rock, a flat rock with a hole shaped like a bathtub and this is a big attraction for tourists and kids. In addition to the rich history, endangered flora and hiking trails, Torrey Pines Reserve also has a sandy beach with restrooms and a parking lot. It is easily accessible and convenient for family outings with activities for everyone. I love to hike Torrey Pines every chance I get, just make sure to eat before you go as food is not allowed on the reserve. Happy hiking!
  • Gorgeous place to hike, wander, and exercise. Just breathtaking views from the cliffs and you can hike down to the beach at low tide. They have a table rock which is so phenomenal. Public parking on the beach and you can walk in from there on your adventure. Enjoy it over and over.
  • This is a beautiful park with great beaches. I would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. The hiking paths are awesome, with nothing too difficult in terms of the trails. They have many steps cut into the cliffs making for great views and a good workout.
  • Torrey Pines is a wonderful place to take the family. There are several easy hiking trails on the reserve, one of which goes down to the beach. I've done most of the trails on the hill and they're very well maintained and safe for even small children. There are great views of the beach and plenty of places to rest and take pictures. The beach itself is very clean and the waves are usually moderate. Albeit a little bit rocky, it is a great experience. Would definitely recommend Torrey Pines to anyone visiting the area.
  • I have an annual day use permit to California State Parks. I live three miles from Torrey Pines, so I go three times per week. I take my cameras with me. The hiking trails provide outstanding ocean views. There are lots of birds to photograph. At low tide you can walk from Del Mar State Beach through Torrey Pines State Beach past Black's Beach, and all the way to Scripps Pier at La Jolla Shores. You can also go up the trail to the ranger station at the big rock between Torrey Pines State Beach and Beach. You climb 350 feet upwards and about one-half mile. The views are outstanding. You can see Dana Point to the north and La Jolla with Scripps Pier to the south. Paragliders and birds fly overhead.