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“Breathtaking!” 5 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 #5 of 516 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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 young children, Activities for older children
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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“Breathtaking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Beautiful park! Hike not too challenging for most! Breathtaking! Very close to town, multiple hikes for all levels to enjoy!

Visited May 2013
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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“A best kept secret in San Diego”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Enjoy hiking in the coastal San Diego area near Del Mar. Take some good walking shoes and comfortable clothes and head for Torrey Pines State Park. When you arrive, pay the ranger at the entrance and then decide how difficult you would like your hike to be. A good hike is to park your car at the parking lot near the ranger entrance booth and hike up the hill to the beginning of the trails. If you want an easier excursion, drive your car to the top of the hill and park near the ranger station and small visitor's center. This is where most of the trails begin, and where you head for the cliff top trails with awesome views of the ocean and San Diego coastline. You can make this a couple of hours or an all day excursion.

Visited October 2013
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New York
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“Lovely place to hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

There are a number of various hikes to chose from in the park, and it was a great way to spend a few hours and get a good look around.

Visited October 2013
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Ithaca, New York
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“Beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

So close to town, exceptional views and great places for photography. Has plenty to offer for hikers and visitors.

Visited August 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Torrey Rain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This gorgeous park has a little known phenomena called "Torrey Rain". When the fog comes into the park moisture gathers on the pine needles. When there is too much water on the needles it starts dripping underneath the trees causing what appear to be many rain droplets like light spring rain! It is a wonderful experience and can be found falling from the trees in the early mornings after a heavy night time fog. Go to the top of the hill by the museum and enjoy!

Visited October 2013
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