Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve - Hiking

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Summary

An untouched natural gem within San Diego city limits.

Written by

Taylor Reilly

Distance

0.1 miles

There is a total of about 8 miles of trails here. Individual trails range from 1/2 mile to just over one mile, but many can be combined.

Destination Distance From Downtown

16.1 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Most trails can be completed in one hour or less.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

No

Dogs are prohibited in the reserve, even in cars.

Fees Permits

Yes

Parking Fee

Review

Intro

Torrey Pines is located in San Diego city limits, and yet it's one of the most untouched pieces of land in the area. There are roughly 8-miles of trails meandering through this reserve, making it a destination that trail runners and hikers can both thrive in.  

What Makes It Great

Most of the trails in the main reserve area are on the shorter side, while there are a couple longer ones in the reserve extension. Each trail has something special for you to enjoy, whether that is native plants and flowers, ocean views, or geologic formations.

The 1.7-mile Beach Trail has amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. It brings you down from the high bluff near the parking lot down to the beach, past several significant geological points along the way (such as Red Butte, Razor Point, and Yucca Point). This trail is short, but hiking or running along the steep cliffside can be dangerous for young children, so be careful.  

Torrey Pines is a great place to run or hike in the evening for the always inspiring Pacific sunsets. This is really a beautiful and unique place, and you'll certainly enjoy your experience here.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a fragile wilderness area, that is home to the United States' rarest pine tree. Stay on the designated trails at all times.

Who is Going to Love It

Sunset chasers will love the view of the Pacific Ocean from Torrey Pines' trails. The trails here aren't very long or very difficult, making them good for beginners, families, or someone who just wants to get their blood pumping without doing anything too crazy. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located at 12600 N Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla. 

The park is open daily from 7:15 a.m. until sunset.

Location

Torrey Pines State Reserve

12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA, 92037
32.934032, -117.260445

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