Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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  • Address: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States, 92037, San Diego
  • Timings: 07:15 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8587552063
  • Fax: +1-8585090981
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Tour, Family And Kids, Nature, Landmarks, Parks, Natural Parks

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve - Review

Many are surprised to find such a wild looking land so close to San Diego. These 2000 acres, facing the Pacific, are probably the best hiking spot in the city. Altogether there are about 8 miles worth of trails in eight separate trails. The most popular trails are the Guy Fleming Trail, Razor Point Trail, and Beach Trail. Check out the Torrey Pines website for in-depth information about the trails and what to expect from them.

The reserve itself is broadly divided into two parts - the cliff plateaus overlooking the ocean and the Los Penasquitos Lagoon. The sheer diversity of wildlife in these two terrains is stunning. The place is named after the Torrey pine, the rarest pine in the USA.

You will find a visitor centre and museum at the Lodge, which is also a hotel, built in 1922. Guided tours can be arranged at the Visitor Center. Ask guides for fee information.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Information

  • No alcohol or glass container allowed.
  • Dogs, horses and other pets are prohibited in the reserve.
  • Fire only for BBQ is allowed.
  • Restrooms are at beach parking lots.
  • Paid parking is available for cars entering the Reserve.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Opening and Closing Hours

  • The reserve remains open from 7:15am to sunset
  • Free guided walk on weekends and holidays: 10:00am, 12:00pm (end October 1st), 2:00pm

How To reach Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve by Public Transport

  • Bus 101 stop N Torrey Pines & State Park Reserve.

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  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Address: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States, 92037, San Diego
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Contact Number: +1-8587552063
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Timing: 07:15 am - 08:00 pm
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve(preferred time): 08:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

  • 40.5% of people who visit San Diego include Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in their plan

  • 39.98% of people start their Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

People normally club together Balboa Park and Maritime Museum Of San Diego while planning their visit to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego Reviews

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  • If you are in San Diego for vacation, please make time to visit here. The staff is friendly, helpful, and they had some neat educational stuff going on while we visited. There are also free guided tours during certain times of the day. The beach is nice. Some of the hiking is good for all ages with great views! Paths are clearly marked where and where not to go. Also Torrey Pines is the rarest pine in North America! It is amazing to see how the cliffs have formed and there are plenty of informational signs that go more in depth about the lands, plants, and animals in that area. Definitely worth the visit and the price of admission.

  • This is my go to for a leisurely, yet scenic (and quick) hike. The views of the ocean are just breathtaking and on a clear day, La Jolla is easily spotted on one of the many viewing areas. It can get very crowded here during the weekends, especially when the weather is nice. The trails are easy enough for kids probably as young as 5, but they aren't paved, so I would avoid using strollers here. Volunteers lead guided tours a few times a day and can be found at the parking lot. I love the rock formations and the trees, which are very unique to this area. If you are looking to go for a super easy stroll, then I'd recommend the Guy Fleming Trail. The beach trail will lead you to Flat Rock and the beach and for now, with a few of the trails out of commission, you'll either have to retrace your steps to get back or take the beach route. The Parry Grove trail is pretty easy once you descend the stone stairs. Overall a family friendly place (with the exception of dogs and strollers!)

  • This is real North County. See how the region looked before rampant development paved most of it over. San Diego's own indigenous pine, the Torrey Pine, is a rugged survivor; take a hike in this arid landscape and understand why. Spectacular sandstone cliffs with fossilized oyster beds. Coastal chaparral scented with sage. Gorgeous views are a bonus! Pay an entry fee and drive to trails at the top or park for free along PCH and walk in for free. The beach is nice here, too. I love this place.

  • Amazing views of the cliffs and sea. The hikes are short and some are flat without much incline. We did the razor point trail with beautiful views of the gorge. Looks like a mini grand canyon. We also stopped at the red butte and had a beautiful view on top of the rocks. Its a great way to exercise and then head down to the beach to refresh. Bug spray and water a must not much shade.

  • Great hike. Easy on little ones with spectacular views from start to finish. Lots of scrub brush starting out but it opens up to cool views of beach pretty quick. It can get pretty busy up there so leave early or you may struggle for parking up top. We also saw over 20 fighter/Osprey training flights etc. very fun!

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