Torrey Pines State Reserve


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Torrey Pines Hiking Trails

Trail Distance: 5.6 Miles
Best time to hike: Morning, Afternoon
Directions: North Torrey Pines Rd and Torrey Pines Scenic Park
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Torrey Pines State Reserve

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Torrey Pines is one of San Diego's most famous hiking trails. With stunning views, unique plants and well maintained trails it's easy to see why.

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!

Maria G.

“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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Prohibits dogs
This trail is in the "dogs allowed" filter. Dogs are not allowed in parking lots, roads, trails, or beaches in torrey pines.
March 4, 2017, 8:09 pm
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I really enjoyed torey pines. I went with my fiance and we really enjoyed the trails after the beach run. I was shocked that although its was possible to run the beach forever me and my fiance found ourselves walking into nude beach WOW. we realized this because we noticed a homeless man nude and looked down the way to find more nude people so we turned around and kept running, other then this eye opening experience we really enjoyed it all.
August 9, 2014, 7:58 pm
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You can park for free next to the beach outside of the park entrance, but you'll have to walk about a mile uphill along the road (not very scenic) to get to the actual trail head (marked by the second loop on the map - the first one is currently (April 2014 closed). If you wanna get straight to the scenic parts, you can drive up there and park next to the ranger station/visitor center.

The trails themselves are very beautiful, especially the rocks/bluffs at razor point and down by the beach. Best viewed near sunset on a clear day.

Highly recommended!
April 12, 2014, 10:32 pm
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All the Trails at Torrey Pines
I love hiking at Torrey Pines, and put together this total list of hikes at the Reserve (including some I'd never even heard of before doing some research). Love to know if anyone knows of any other trails:

http://san-diego-hiking.socialpositive.com/c/articles/Every-Trail-at-Torrey-Pines-68656

Have fun!
February 3, 2013, 11:00 am
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Social Running for Warriors!
ZTA ran all the trails and had an awesome BBQ on te beach afterward! We will be back again.

We run the Trails, Beaches, and Parks of San Diego every weekend, Look us up!

www.ZTActive.com
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April 28, 2012, 1:10 pm
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Trail Heads
There are several trailheads available to reach the cliffs and two lookouts that no review's included. There is the Ho Chi Minh Trail That Begins 9891 Blackgold Rd. La Jolla, CA. 92037 for you G.P.S. peps Coolest scenery for all the blacks beach trails... The end can sometimes be rough during bad weather. This is the one I recommend. For the less seasoned hiker there is a utility road down to the beach on La Jolla Farms Road. 2.3 Mile Hike, It's the SECOND BLACK gate when driving down La Jolla Farms. The Best view in La Jolla Is called the Knoll also on La Jolla Farms Road. It Is the First gate on the left. Recently the university started locking this one up at nighttime due to the kids. Two Thumbs up Five Star Hike 1.2 miles scenic circle. Everyone has got to try this one out!
October 20, 2011, 1:36 am
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Must See
This was one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. Being from the Northeast, our usual hikes are in the mountains and trails of New England. This was an entirely different hiking experience and we loved it. The trails are well maintained and the scenery is fabulous. Watch out for the wildlife, I actually walked right past a rattlesnake on one of the trails before my husband spotted it! But even this did not cut our adventure short, it was simply too beautiful to turn back. We did however pay closer attention to where we were walking!
July 28, 2011, 8:29 pm
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Fun!
There are a lot of people there; the more the merrier! There are multiple trails. We went on Beach Trail which led to the beach, which was a beautiful view and on our way down there passed by cliffs with dents and holes in them, it was quite a site. There is incline, not too bad but can definitely get you to break a sweat. Fun hike!
May 23, 2011, 3:17 am
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Loved It!
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!!
November 12, 2010, 1:25 pm
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That's what I call LIVING!
Beautiful experience of California's best. Train hard or stroll and relax. Go as long or as short as you choose. Breath in the goodness. It was a day I will remember forever!
September 6, 2010, 10:54 pm
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Great hike for couples
This is a great hike for a couple. I went here with my girlfriend on a day we both had off from work and we had a great time. The bluffs are beautiful and the hike is exhilarating but by no means impossible. I even took some pictures that I put together as a panorama here http://gtdretail.webege.com/?p=20

The driving directions weren't great so we really had to search to find the park entrance. The 7:30 closing time was a bit of a bummer, but overall I would love to go back!
September 5, 2010, 12:32 am
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gorgeous, not hard
Scenery is without compare, as others have said. Bring a camera! However, other than the general length and a bit of up-and-down, I don't consider it a difficult hike at all. Well-maintained trails. Best thing is that if you get hot you can just jump in the water afterwards! Beach is terrific.
August 31, 2010, 9:31 am
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Do not go on New Year's Day - everyone is there since it is the first day of their resolution to get fit. So crowded and noisy that I had to turn up the volume to drown out everyone.
March - April are fabulous months for the flowers.
June 17, 2010, 6:23 pm
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No Dogs Allowed
We were really bummed at not being able to do this hike/walk because we had our dogs with us. We take them every time we hike, but apparently dogs aren't allowed...
January 23, 2010, 9:06 am
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October 10, 2009, 3:01 am
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Good challenge
I havnt been on a trail for about 3 months and i thought this would be a good challenge to start things off. I hiked with a lite 50lb pack for extra weight. I suggest parking in the parks lot at the base of hill. The straight up incline from this base is 1 of 3 inclines i faced. i suggest going to the southern entrance (near the glof course) of the broken hill trail, the trail will lead west then north, decent scenes then take flat rock trail, the way down is controlled but steep, the way back up is pretty killer. continue north. Also the views at flat rock were the best and very few tourists. I cant remeber the last trail that was challenging but if you are heading north on the hard ball take the trail after guy "something or other" trail, this trail is all challenge and no scenery reward, which is fine, this was a conditioning hike for me. I did about 90% of the trail in about 2:08.
August 5, 2009, 9:36 am
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Piece of heaven
I am a regular jogger/hiker and every time I go it gets better. Never crowded, great weather whether its sunny or not. Will run into tourists/vacationers but nothing heavy. The scenery? Take it from an experienced traveler; No place like it!
January 14, 2009, 10:51 pm
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Great spot to go hiking
We saw dolphins today. A couple people told us they saw a whale. If you are new to the area you should check out the free tours that leave the ranger station at 10am and 2pm every Saturday and Sunday. The guide tell you about the plants and history of the area.
January 11, 2009, 5:54 pm
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Great hike but parkings a bitch
This is one of my favorite places to go in San Diego. There are all sorts of windy trails that lead all the way to the beach. Parking in a bitch and I normally get sick of looking for spots and just coff up the $7.
December 26, 2008, 9:56 pm
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David Hay

by David Hay

An Aussie transplant living in San Diego. I've chosen to live in this fair city for the past seven years because I truly believe it's one of the best in the world; there's no better city to enjoy sunshine and the outdoors.