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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  • August 14, 2017
    I spent about four hours hiking through the trails. It was a fantastic experience, although I wish I had brought my swimming suit for the beach. At the end of the trail there is a fantastic beach with...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Sunset evening hike was nice as was the ocean at the base. Lots of people doing various activities, not just hiking. Traffic nor parking seemed to be an issue. Not what I expected to find along the co...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Take the entire day and hike to the cliffs to see all of the area the park has to offer. Everything is wonderful and when you have hiked them all, go to the beach trail and go down to the beach for th...  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    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!
  • June 24, 2017
    We loved our visit to Torrey Pines. We did a lot of great hiking and had a nice lunch. It is a must if you are in the area. There is a high fee for getting in and parking $20 so plan to spend 1/2 a day or more. They also have a nice beach. The park was busy on the weekend but still we found parking.
  • May 23, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    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!
  • July 6, 2017
    The beach is beautiful and the water is clear and the waves are fun, and then you realize that there are trails and a nature center up in the hills. The views are gorgeous and get better and better the more you walk through the trails. Highly recommend if you're looking for a beach in SD

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