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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 Views but parking a problem!

We went down to the Reserve about 7 pm one evening to see the sunset. There were no parking spaces along the beach, so we ended up in the parking lot. $15 on a Saturday evening to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We went down to the Reserve about 7 pm one evening to see the sunset. There were no parking spaces along the beach, so we ended up in the parking lot. $15 on a Saturday evening to pay for 1 hour's parking seemed exorbitant. The parking lot closes their gate at 8 pm. We enjoyed our stroll along the beach,... More 

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The reserve has a number of treks that you can make & they are all pretty easy, nothing too strenuous. We went mid week & it was quite busy so my guess is on the weekend it would be very busy but non the less the views are lovely & you can walk down to the beach as well. You... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

It is hard to expound upon the subject line of this post. The reserve has great vistas with cliffs overlooking the sea. Sunset was beautiful. Probably because of the terrible drought in California the park itself was quite dead looking, mostly brown brush. Parking on hill top is expensive, $15.

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Climbed down to Black Beach.If you can do it, it's a lot of fun and a lovely beach!!!!!I took my sneakers off for the climb back up-saw all the surfers with no shoes and it was easy.

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

The Park is a wedge between the new highway 101 and the ocean. As soon as the limited parallel parking along the beach is full, the park is the only place left to park. It's $13/day Mon-Thurs and $15/day Fri-Sun. Old highway 101 runs along the park's eastern boarder, permitting cars access into the park as far as the Beach... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

If I lived in San Diego, I would be hiking Torrey Pines every Sunday after a hearty brunch. It's a hiker's paradise. The stunning views, gorgeous beach, and impressive cliffs will leave you with amazing memories and photos. TIPS: Pack plenty of water and sunblock! Food isn't allowed, so I recommend eating a substantial meal at least an hour prior.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Parking: If you can find a spot, you can score free parking along the road as you approach the park. The tide might come in and go out by the time you find an empty spot, though, so just pay the $13 and pull into any of the many open spots in the park's parking area. Bathrooms: There are public,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This park gets crowded on the trails, with lots of joggers (how do they have the energy in that heat?!?) - but is still wonderful for views and birding. $12 fee well worthwhile - those trails and facilities take a lot of punishment. Not for those who hate slopes - lots of climbing....but a natural gem.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The hike is good with great scenery and an ocean breeze. About half of the trail is a level decline with a couple of deeper sand areas. There are also a lot of stairs, so pushing a jogger is challenging. If you would like to walk over to the Torrey Pines Lodge, a paved road will lead you past the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great views, nice trails going to many different areas. Actually saw a rattlesnake. A park volunteer pointed out to us. If you want a good workout with great views, it's worth a trip

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