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“Best walks and views in San Diego”

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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$90.00*
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #5 of 451 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed November 16, 2011

This place is like church to us. Whether it is Guy Flemming Trail or walking along the beach, you will almost always see something new and fascinating! We have spotted all kinds of birds, whales, dolphins, snakes and falcons. Wild flower season (March and April) is the BEST!

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Reviewed November 16, 2011

Did our hike at Torrey Pines as usual when we visit Mission Beach - what a lovely place to hike. Trails are well marked and what a grand view of the ocean. It's a must do.

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Reviewed November 15, 2011

If you want a great walk in the outdoors along the southern california coastline, then this is the place to go. You can walk along the beach and then head up the cliff side through beautiful trees and coastal plants. You can see the ocean and probably some hang gliders from nearby. The view is spectacular.

Thank HikingHonu
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

This was our absolute favorite spot of the week we were in San Diego. We only had 3 hours here but could have easily spent all day (and will if we ever get back here). We got there fairly early, so there was space in the parking lots above (good thing, since I don't know if I would have hiked all the way up!). We went on several of the shorter hikes (some run into each other), but it was warmer than expected in Oct. once we got out on the trails and we would have been smart to take water along.

The trails were all sand and a little hard to walk on in spots, but the views were so worth it. Most of them seemed to end up along the coast so you could see the water & the beautiful cliffs there. I did not do the Beach Trail hike, but my husband did and said it was great. We loved the tortured shapes of the Torrey Pines near the edge and all of the other neat plants we saw.

There were bathrooms at the main trail entrance in one of the two parking lots on top. There was a visitor center lodge, but we didn't have the time to see the video or look around much in there.

Really wish we could have had more time here - it was spectacular!

Thank JOJOWI
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

So glad we drove out here to take in the scenery! As an out of town visitor (and out of shape), very glad to have discovered the road to the top of the hill and did a few trails up there. The Visitor's Centre at the top was fascinating with some weathered taxidermy specimens of local wildlife. They give talks and nature walks, and sell bottled water at $1 a botte, which was very welcome as we didn't bring any beverages. I would suggest visitors bring snacks and a hat, as the sun got very hot. Good footwear is a must too. Amazing variety of plants at the top. Kind of sobering to see such a rare and endangered tree in its last remaining natural environment.

Thank icedkachang
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