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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

12600 N Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-755-2063website
Area: La Jolla/Torrey Pines

The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a must-go hiking destination. It’s one of the most popular and most accessible nearby San Diego trail systems and comes equipped with picturesque ocean views! The round-trip mileage will be approximately 5.6 miles.

Who:  All skill levels. There are several paths and loops. The hiking can be as long/difficult or as short/easy as you would like it to be.  You’ll likely encounter joggers, family, kids, and possibly cyclists.

When: Don’t fret the “crowds”. Even at prime times, it is still manageable. We favor the early evening to catch the sunset. 

Trail Access: From San Diego, take the Interstate 5 to the Carmel Valley Road exit, and head west to Torrey Pines Road south. The park’s Visitor’s Center is located near the private parking lots with water fountains and public restrooms.

Parking: There are two parking options available. To park throughout the park, there is an entrance fee. There are also options to park at the bottom of the paved hill or even at the top of the hill, too. Second parking option is free at the south end of the beach, near North Torrey Pines Road. 

Trails

•          Guy Fleming Trail, ¾ mile loop, easiest trail facing the southern overlook with ocean views. Be sure to check out the Torrey Pine Trees, the rarest pine trees found in North America -- another reason why this area is so popular.

•          Razor Point: 1.4 miles round trip, easy moderate with beach views.

•          Beach Trail: 1.5 miles moderate with beach access. It heads through sandstone cliffs and has friendly stairs.

•          Broken Hill Trail: This is the park’s longest trail with 2.5 miles round-trip at an easy/moderate pace. It leads to the scenic overlook and also has a connected section to Beach Trail.

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