Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

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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
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Tour, Family And Kids, Nature, Landmarks, Parks, Natural Parks
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About Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

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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  • Beautiful destination. The hike isn't intense but it is a big hill. I'd recommend taking two cars, starting at the top hiking down from the pines then along the beach, take a car from the bottom parking lot back up to the first vehicle. Sunsets and rises are spectacular here bring your camera gear. No smoking allowed and littering is a serious offense so be cool.

  • Nice trails and loops. A lot can be seen in a couple of hours. There are some challenging stairs you can go down and climb up. The hike to the beach is nice and a great workout coming up. There are gardens along the trails. So many to choose to do. Excellent vantage points all around the trails. Great place to take lots of photos.

  • The most gorgeous lodge my family and I have yet to stay with. A golfers paradise. We personally don't golf but decided to stay here because of the views and spectacular hotel. We came for lunch after a nearby wedding in Temecula and decided to stay because it was so beautiful. It's helpful if you book through your Visa as you get special pricing for hotels and a $60 food credit per day ( $25 breakfast, $35 dinner). The place was built after the games house in Pasadena- spectacular. Food, service, location are all 5 star!!

  • What a GREAT day. The views are amazing and the trails are fun. We even saw dolphins swimming! It's worth paying for the state entry fee so you can use your energy to enjoy the trails. Be sure to have water, sun screen and a hat is a big plus! I also recommend good hiking shoes.

  • One of my favorite places in San Diego. Easy hike relaxing but can be relatively difficult depending on the trail you take. Home of the incredibly rare Torrey pines! A beautiful tree to see in this protected park. Sunsets here are beautiful and the best part is it's free!

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