Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
4.5
7:15 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:15 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:15 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:15 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:15 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:15 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:15 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:15 AM - 7:00 PM
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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.
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Behrcat
Vancouver, Canada55 contributions
Dec 2022
If someone had not recommended me this hike as a memorable experience while visiting San Diego, I’d never have looked for it. It was a far longer hike than expected, but once there, totally worth the effort. The views from the different vistas were amazing. The Torrey Pines Lodge Museum (nearly at the top) was small but just right in its offerings. They had an educational video playing in a small room that was very interesting and the people working there were friendly and kind. You could tell they enjoy their jobs and that makes the visit even better. There were real washrooms at the base, I’d recommend making good use of them before making the climb. Once up at the top there are portable potties only. There are also two spots along the way where you can drink from a fountain and/or top up your water bottle. That was a blessing!
Written January 2, 2023
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Mary G
Ashland, WI13 contributions
Aug 2021
Torrey Pines has beautiful trails and is very cool. We just had too little time to explore. San Diego area has so much to offer it is hard to get enough time at any one place if you want to see everything. We went on a Saturday and we had plenty of space--it did not feel crowded. If you want views, space, and hiking, this is a good place to go.
Written August 29, 2021
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645lisa
San Diego, CA21 contributions
Nov 2022
I love this park and have been to it hundreds of times. The views of the ocean and cliffs are outstanding. Unfortunately, the years of drought have been devastating to the iconic Torrey Pines trees and it pains me to see how many have died. It is particularly wonderful to see in Spring when the wildflowers are in bloom and the beach walk along the cliffs is the most beautiful in the area. They are slow to fix the eroded trails and at $15-$20 a day, the parking is way too expensive unless you have a California Parks Pass.
Written December 3, 2022
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Mynonnie
New Jersey305 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The trails are easy and the views are amazing. We loved this place and were fortunate enough to have easy access from our hotel as we were staying at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. We did the trails on 2 different days during our stay. Our first time was on Labor Day in the late morning and it was pretty busy. We avoided one of the lookouts because it was too crowded, but it was still a great time. The second time we hiked the trails was on a Thursday in the late afternoon and it was a lot less crowded and really fantastic to have some of the trails to yourself. Probably the most opportune time to hike there would be early morning on a weekday. The trails are nicely maintained and certainly easy enough for beginner hikers.
Written September 12, 2021
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GNGator
Sarasota, FL154 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Torrey Pines has trails and beach access for the rugged North County beach in San Diego. We wanted to go to Blacks Beach and chose the Torrey Pines trails as best option. There is some free parking along the highway near entrance, but it is always full. It’s worth the $15 parking fee to drive in and park at the upper parking lot, near the beach trail. Lower lot near entrance is too far from trail! We enjoyed the hike down to the beach—-amazing scenery and relatively easy trail with steps and rope rails. Much safer than the dangerous climb down the cliffs near the Gliderport. Once down on beach level it’s a beautiful, unspoiled Pacific beach scene. You can walk south to Blacks Beach, which is clothing optional, but really has few people around. A peaceful, wonderful place to relax!
Written August 18, 2021
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Atn619
San Diego, CA3 contributions
Jul 2021
Beware of their paid parking to enter the park. They charged my credit card twice for a total amount of $50 and will not refund me. I tried disputing it with my credit card company. Their response was they "assumed" I paid for the person behind me, but they have NO PROOF! I was by myself in the car! Wouldn't it make sense for me to carpool to avoid the additional $25 fee?! This experience has really made this spot a sour one.

Beware of their parking scam!
Written September 24, 2021
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NYTravelerBD
Westchester County, NY1,216 contributions
Feb 2020
Our group of 4 adults and 4 children aged 8 and under had a wonderful time at this beautiful seaside park, with the "beach" trail leading to the ocean below. The hike was reasonable for kids of all ages and had a nice pay off, with the kids having a blast in the ocean water at the end. It is also a photogenic spot with gorgeous sea cliffs, and made for a lovely and inexpensive day in the San Diego area.
Written February 25, 2020
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Rick D
Jupiter, FL439 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
$10 entry if you park in the lot, well worth the price for what you get in return. Rather than hike up the hill, we drove to the top and walked the very manageable trails. All were easily done but would recommend sneakers rather than sandals or Birkenstock’s. Saw some people with both and I imagine their dogs were barking after all that walking. We walked down to a flatter trail that led to another fantastic view of the beach.
When the skies are clear like today, you can see all the way down to LaJolla. The exercise is a bonus.
Written June 24, 2021
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Daryl H
Eugene, OR112 contributions
Feb 2020
An easy hike in the cliffs of Torrey Pines and along the beach. A little tricky coming down the trail to the beach... just take your time. NIce hike so close to a large city. Be prepared to pay...$20 to park or drive around for awhile until you are lucky to see someone leave along the road.
Written February 17, 2020
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WiseTravelsUSA
Mahwah, NJ150 contributions
Aug 2019
The drive itself if very scenic so even getting there is fun. There was also lots of parking so no problem parking - you have to pay. There is a mini-museum full of interesting information about the fauna and flora. So it made our hike even more interesting. Both the 11 year old and the 6 year old in the group loved it as did the 4 adults.

There were several trails to follow and they were all well marked and safe. It was a fun and healthy activity for everyone to engage in.

We will be sure to return.
Written January 5, 2020
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