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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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12600 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-755-2063
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Reviewed February 21, 2016

Hike to sweeping views of the ocean. The trails offer information on native plants and historical data. Interesting, hot, dusty, crowded. Bring your own refreshments!

Thank n0rthwoods
Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely spot for a hike. On a Saturday, it was quite busy. We drove up to the top (which, unless you are in it for the exercise, I'd recommend, because it's quite the hike to the top). It cost $12 to enter...More

Thank waterangel21
Reviewed February 20, 2016

Trails above the beach to run, sand cliffs along the beach to make your waterfront hike interesting; home of the unique Torrey Pine Tree -- yes go find it. The hike up the hill is worth it for the views and the workout. Cool down...More

Thank pegeen16
Reviewed February 20, 2016

We drove past La Jolla an dstopped at Torrey Pines Golf Course, it is amazing! We will go back when we have more time and spend more time exploring the hikes and ocean side beauty.

Thank Laurel B
Reviewed February 19, 2016

Torrey Pines is gorgeous, Highly recommended for a visit. The walk to the beach is spectacular, high up on the cliffs, it is a natural wonder!

Thank vintagejunge
Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

We drove to the top and parked near the visitors' center. I had pictured hiking down to the beach and back up, but there are some wonderful trails just in the upper part of the reserve, going from overlook to overlook. We spent a couple...More

1  Thank Pearl B
Reviewed February 19, 2016

It was crowded on the weekend but still a beautiful site. Taking a guided hike gives you much history about the park and helps you stop to look at things you would normally missed on your own. Like trap door spiders

1  Thank Nancy F
Reviewed February 18, 2016

What a spectacular hiking experience. The trails are well maintained. You can enjoy the chaparral vegetation along the way and the views are amazing. You have a panoramic view of La Jolla and Scripps and Torrey Pines Golf Course. Unbelievable!

Thank Edna E
Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

If you like hiking, this is the place for you! Several trails to choose from, some more difficult and longer than others. If you park inside the preserve, there's a fee. You can drive to the top and not hike the hill up. If you...More

Thank Jeanne P
Reviewed February 17, 2016

We had not been to Torrey Pines in years and decided to spend a little time walking/hiking. As for exercise, if you park in the lower parking lot you have a pretty good uphill walk before you get to the first trail which is a...More

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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