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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 January 22, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were here in summer of 2014. I think you can start the hike right at the entrance of the reserve, but we drove to the top where you can pick up a map. We slowly made our way down to the...More

2  Thank katiemate
Reviewed January 21, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful views of the ocean and a great place to hike. Trails are clean and easy to navigate even for the over 50 crowd. Easier then torrey pines glider port

2  Thank ClaireHuber
Reviewed January 21, 2016

Torrey Pines State Reserve offers numerous hiking trails, some short and easy, others longer with elevation loss and gain. It is right on the the cliff over the Pacific Ocean between the picturesque beach towns of Del Mar and La Jolla. It is one of...More

2  Thank Catherine B
Reviewed January 21, 2016

This is a lovely beach with enough isolation from civilization for you to feel 'out there' considering the proximity to the heart of San Diego. Consider parking up the hill and taking the moderately strenuous but relatively short hike to the beach. We were able...More

1  Thank randocalrissian
Reviewed January 19, 2016

Torrey pines is a great place to walk and enjoy some of the beauty of southern CA. go all the way to the beach as it's a nice spot - great photo opportunities

Thank jennifer s
Reviewed January 19, 2016

My wife and I hiked here in January and enjoyed it. Great views and moderate hiking. Lots of hills, but nothing too steep or challenging. We arrived on a Saturday morning about 9:30 am and were surprised to find the upper parking lot already full....More

1  Thank Jeff P
Reviewed January 18, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our hike through Torrey Pines State Reserve. Was the perfect amount of hiking and scenery we were looking for on our So Cal trip. Kids loved exploring the tide pools and we loved the amazing views.

Thank Torida
Reviewed January 17, 2016

It even has a local support group because it is a really beautiful setting. Hard to get the free parking outside -- surfers grab them -- and so it helps to have a State Park permit that makes the parking free. After that you are...More

Thank Liars N F
Reviewed January 17, 2016

This is definitely my favorite hiking destination and the views are breathtaking. Whether you feel like a challenging hike or just a stroll on the top to one of the outlook points or down on the beach along the water, it is always spectacular!

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed January 15, 2016

I love taking non-locals or hiking beginners here. It is a beautiful easy hike that ends up at the beach. The rock formations are beautiful and so are the lookout points.

1  Thank Katy T
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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