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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
858 755 2063
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Ranked #3 of 236 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Beaches, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles... more » Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds. « less
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Orem, Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Wonderful hikes and walk along the beach. Easy trails and access with parking. Restrooms and water to wash your feet after walking in the waves.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Within the boundaries of the reserve lives one of the last stands of the Torrey Pine. The pine is limited in its range to the hillsides above Los Penasquitos Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean, and Santa Rosa Island (one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California). Visiting the Reserve just to see this rare tree (rare only... More

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Las Vegas, NV
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This place is beautiful! We came here on a Sunday morning. It was easy to find parking before we started our walk to the top. The views are amazing, especially the ones right on the ocean. Highly recommended if you're in the San Diego area!

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Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

A nice place to stretch your legs and wander on trails along the ocean Cliffside. We were in this park near sunset and the views were amazing. :) The entrance fee was only $5.00.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Weather couldn't have been more beautiful. Crowded but worth the hike down to the beach to the tide pools.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Clean, clean, clean! I'm a Mid-westerner originally, so I have a lot of fear-respect for the ocean. It's big, and there are lots of things out there that are big....and scary! Anyway, I visited this beach briefly years ago, unprepared (no swimming suit, beach towel, etc.), and I swore when I left that day that I would be back to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place to go on a hike... So a great place to enjoy the outdoors and views of the ocean.. Lots of trails and areas to walk, relax and enjoy. A beautiful place a must to enjoy...

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Bear Creek, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

On our recent trip to San Diego, we had the pleasure of hiking at Torrey Pines . It was a wonderful hike with spectacular views . We chose a hike with views of the ocean along cliffs that ended at the beach . There were many other trails to choose from . There was a 15 $ parking fee but... More

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The hike is moderate with some difficult portions if you go all the way down to the beach. But if you stay up on the cliffs its definitely much flatter. The hike is mostly all trail based but you'll see some beautiful sunsets from up here and get some great pics. A must stop if you're in the area visiting!... More

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Good nature hiking trail for an afternoon. We started at the top while one of us parked the car in the lot at the beach so we all did not have to walk back up. Remember to look up the tides before your visit as the beach is largely impassible at high tide. Bring water too. Over a year of... More

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