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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Address: Coast Highway 101, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858 755 2063
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Sun - Sat 7:15 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains...

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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Great hikes for all ages along the cliffs or beach

Torrey Pines is a beautiful park with quite a few hiking options for it's limited size. It features beach access at several points, San Diego's beautiful weather, an active and... read more

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Torrey Pines is a beautiful park with quite a few hiking options for it's limited size. It features beach access at several points, San Diego's beautiful weather, an active and engaged ranger staff, and lots of great photo opportunities. I'd recommend entering at the "South Entrance" which is actually on the north side of the park close to Del Mar.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I usually start at the golf club and walk till the beach then wind up all the way in Lajolla (around 10 miles) Great scenery, friendly hikers, bring water and snacks in case and be ready to cross blacks beach in case you walk along the coast line in low tide (it's a nude beach) Also worth stopping by Annie's... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited Torrey Pines for an early morning hike. Despite the haze, it was breathtaking. I was able to beat the crowds and strolled on the beach for a bit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For over 5 years I ran a small hiking group that visited places all over San Diego. My favorite place, by far, is Torrey Pines. If you get there early in the morning you can park right up by the ocean. There is diagonal-beach facing parking that's free. There are also two other lots available. The road up is paved,... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of my favorite trails is, Dead Man's Misery. There are some very skinny places between rocks you have to squeeze through but it's an amazing journey.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a breathtaking place, a somewhat challenging hike, but ok for two 9 and 12 year old boys. The wind off the ocean was nice, so we didn't roast in the sun. The surroundings were beautiful, I just couldn't stop smiling.

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This rare near wilderness so close to San Diego has hiking trails and a history of preserving a very rare pine tree...hard to describe but they are lovely. I was also charmed by cacti in bloom! Natives queue up along the highway for free parking, but there was ample paid parking and it really didn't seem to be that expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You will see pods of dolphins down below you in the water. Take binos! You'll want them. Awesome hike with 360 views and not too challenging if your walking. Bike paths cross which I'm not crazy about and watch for rattlesnakes, but this is hands down the best hike in town.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is a great hike...moderate. Start at the parking lot and go up the hill all the way south. Take the last trail to go down to the beach. On the way, be sure to take in the view of the broken hill to the south. Dip your feet in the Pacific and proceed north back to the parking lot.... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We learned of this hidden gem while residing in San Diego. We were on a close budget and we were looking for something interesting. It is a beautiful serene place where you can step back and enjoy nature. The docents are very knowledgeable and patiently answered many questions. The landscape is beautiful. Enjoy the trails.

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