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Torrey Pines Hiking Trails
Best time to hike: Morning, Afternoon
Directions: North Torrey Pines Rd and Torrey Pines Scenic Park
Torrey Pines State Reserve
This is one of my favorite hikes to take visitors and new residents of San Diego. It’s easy to find parking although it does cost $12, if you arrive early there are some free parking spaces right on beach but they normally fill up by 8-9am on the weekend. All the trails here are all very well maintained but a team of dedicated volunteers that offer free guided tours at 10am and 2pm on Saturday’s and Sundays. The tour guides give you a brief history of the area as well and mini geology and biology lesson. I was previously unaware that the “Torrey Pines” are unique to this area and not found anywhere else in the world. It’s also rumored that Dr Seuss use to frequent this area and that it was a source of inspiration for some of the drawings in his books.
I would recommend visiting right before sunset during a full moon. The views are incredible and the weather is a little more comfortable. Then just as the sun is setting walk down the trail towards the beach and return to the parking lot by moonlight, how romantic!
“This was my first hike in a long while, went on veterans day, so it wasn’t so crowded. I parked at the entrance lot and walked up to the road where the Trails Start.. The hike down wasn’t so bad and the scenery was spectacular, Once we got down the beach, rather that going back up the mountain we walked on the beach which led us right back to the lower parking lot… I will definitely be going back, its absolutely beautiful, Great place for a family adventure.. Don’t Forget Your Camera!!”
Maria G.San Diego ,Ca
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