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“Pretty but confusing for a first-timer” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines State Reserve
Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
858 755 2063
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Ranked #3 of 235 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Beaches, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
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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 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
Phoenix, Arizona
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“Pretty but confusing for a first-timer”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We've been to San Diego literally dozens of times bit had never been to Torrey Pines before. We had a hard time finding the north lot versus the south parking lot, as they are not clearly marked. We were also surprised that after paying $15 to park, we were not given a map. The trail map on the website isn't the best so we weren't sure if all the trails were close enough to walk to or if we should drive into the park further and park the car by the trail head. We ended up parking at the south beach lot and started walking the steep grade towards the trails. We ended up at the Guy Fleming Trail. It was a nice, easy trail with beautiful views of the beach and the coast. It made us want more but we were getting hungry and decided to go back to the car and eat lunch before driving back into the park and finding another trail to continue hiking. After lunch, we noticed that the rangers closed the park access road to cars. So then our only option was to hike back up the steep grade instead of driving and then walk even further to the other trails. Since we're not in great cardio shape, we decided against it.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We enjoyed this beautiful hike! We didn't have time to do the full hike, but we spent an hour hiking to the Red Butt area (great views), then took the beach hike down.

Visited July 2013
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newport beach, ca
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“Nice hiking and beach -- beach staff a bit snobby”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We went to Torrey Pines State Reserve on the 4th of July. They double the parking charge for holidays (which is not posted anywhere except the payment booth) and every interaction we saw between paid staff and visitors at or near the beach was as if the staff were doing the visitors a favor. We also saw them being condescending and overly vigilant with people who weren't doing anything against park rules.
On the plus side, the rangers at the visitor center were awesome. The hiking and views are great. The beach is great and the volunteers in the park were fantastic.

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Walking & Hiking along the coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We go to Torrey Pines for hiking almost every time we go to San Diego. The beach and the cliffs are amazing and the trails afford several magnificent views. There are various trails to enjoy, but this most recent time we stuck to just the Guy Fleming trail as it seemed to be the most stroller-friendly/accessible trail there (also the best for flip-flop wearers!). If you can find parking on the road, that's great. Otherwise, parking within the reserve costs $15 for a day pass.

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La Mesa, CA
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“Torrey Pines State Reserve Beautiful Year 'Round!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

When my brother was in town from NY, we hiked the beach trail. It's my favorite trail at the park, and we were lucky enough to see whales migrating offshore while we were there!

Visited January 2013
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