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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

#5 of 435 things to do in San Diego Features Animals
12600 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-755-2063
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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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  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“beach trail” (155 reviews)
“great hike” (97 reviews)
“razor point” (73 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
12600 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-755-2063
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Reviewed yesterday

Wear good shoes for hiking. Take water and explore the trails. The more adventurous among us can take the path all the way down to the water, but remember you have to hike back up...great vistas for photos. There is a nature center at the...More

Thank mvm19922002
Reviewed 4 days ago

We parked on the side of the highway...you must pay via the Paybox for the hours you want to stay. Recommend you wear athletic or walking shoes as the dusty trail can cause slipping and sliding. I saw one snake slithering over the rock so...More

Thank Dee R
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are looking for a beautiful hike with breathtaking views, this is a place for you to enjoy a few hours! There is ample parking at the bottom of the park right off Torrey Pines Road. Plan for a few hours. Today we took...More

1  Thank janvipd
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Everyone thinks of Torrey Pines Golf Course but this state reserve is a pleasant surprise. There are numerous short easy hikes through out the park. You can make this a morning or full day activity. In addition the history of the park and learning about...More

Thank RealW0rldTraveller
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went on a July morning with our 7and 9 year olds boys. Took the trail to the beach. It was a great hike down to the water with beautiful views. We paid the $$ to park in the lot.

Thank MaryAnne D
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been here many times to hike. My favorite agenda (in the summer) is to park at one of the lots at the top, hike down to the beach, go for a swim, then hike back up. There are easier hikes if you have older...More

Thank Trottsky
Reviewed 6 days ago

Go here all the time. Parking in the summer is an issue so either go early or be patient or pay. There is free parking along the coast but is usually full. Parking lot next to beach is available for $15. You can park on...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for a hike. You can even hike down to the beach. Parking is limited. Otherwise you have a great view of the Pacific coastline

Thank Bruce R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful hiking trails down to the rocky beach, which is beautiful. Get there early, especially on the weekends. Parking is free outside the reserve but it's very limited. Be sure to so the Beach Trail and Razor Point.

Thank turbotrevor
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the hidden treasures in San Diego. Parking: you can park at the bottom of the preserve for FREE or you can pay $15 to park within the reserve. Bring some water and get ready to blaze one of the many trails...More

Thank teknlgy
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Tom K
March 24, 2017|
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Response from Sidney W | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a place before the entry where you can be dropped off without the driver having to pay the parking fee. It doesn't add to the walking.
Shilpa C
March 6, 2017|
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Response from aquamark762 | Reviewed this property |
You do not need a car inside the park, just some way to get there.
Prerana D
December 4, 2016|
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Response from uribes | Reviewed this property |
I do not think that this is an option. There is a sign at the entrance saying that you must may the daily fee of $20 even if you want to drop off passangers