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Torrey Pines State Reserve

Address: Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858 755 2063
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$40*
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Ranked #18 of 374 Activities in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Fee: No
Owner description: Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it...
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Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Escondido, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The hikes and views here are first rate. There are a variety of trails. Some are flat and some have elevation changes. Be sure to go all the way down to Flat Rock then walk along the beach. Be sure to take water along. You won't be disappointed.

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Vancouver, BC
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We headed here on a Saturday morning and I could not believe the crowds. The number of pedestrians walking on the roadway made it difficult to get to and from the parking. This place is worth a visit and a few good hours for hiking and photos but if you are on a vacation do it on a weekday. There... More 

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We took an Uber up (they made us pay the entrance fee), and then hiked down. Amazing views, nice plants, etc. We saw some seals swimming far below. Hike was not too difficult. We saw a number of military jets zoom by. The beach was a nice surprise. Beautiful between the rock cliffs and the ocean. Best to plan to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

If you like to walk or jog this place has great views of the ocean with trails all around the cliffs over looking the beaches and ocean and great peaceful place to get away and take your time to relax with great views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We went a day after heavy rainfall so the trails were close. We were still able to jog around the beach and enjoy the scenery. Don't pay for parking!!! There's plenty of free parking around if you're willing to walk...and who doesn't want to walk in San Diego?!

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Sanford, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The views from Torrey Pines Reserve are breath taking. It costs $10 to get into the beach/reserve. Drive up to the top watch out for walkers. Park and just walk the many trails and enjoy the views. I walked down to the beach. You can walk for miles. It's so relaxing. You can watch the hand gliders. This is a... More 

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Louisiana
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We hiked the Razor Point Trail and the Beach Trail. Neither hike was especially strenuous. The views were breathtaking. We were there early in the day, so the trails weren't too crowded. There was a steady stream of traffic coming in to the park when we were leaving around 11:30. This was by far the highlight of our trip to... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place to take a hike. Portions of the trails are desert like with many plants and other portions run along the beach. Plan to start your hike two hours before sunset. This way you can enjoy the sunset as you end your hike. The park does close at dusk. Nice views north of SD if you hike the highest... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

My five-year-old son wasn't going to be able to handle any of the hikes but even he enjoyed just staying on the beach and throw rocks into the ocean. The views are amazing and as far as I can tell the hikes would be, too. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We drove through here in he evening and the view of the city was nice with the hills and lights, and on the ocean side was also good!

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