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“From the desert to the ocean!”

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
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“From the desert to the ocean!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

If you like taking a stroll, or a fast paced walk, or a jog, or mountain biking, and enjoy the burst of unusual beauty, this is for you. One pays to get into the reserve, and may take your car to the top and walk down the well organised paths to the ocean .... Or park your car closer to the entrance (not much space there), and take a heart pumping hike to the top and around, and then walk to the ocean and take a dip! There are a variety of different routes one can take, depending on your level of fitness. It is quite warm, take your water bottle, which you can refill at the top. Info centre at the top is quite comprehensive. No restaurant or food facility. The walk/runway is well sign posted. The views are drop dead gorgeous over the wetlands, and when you reach the summit, over the Pacific - take your breath away! Go and enjoy!

Visited July 2013
2 Thank intrepidtraveller004
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great for calming”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Get ready for a walk. We started 4:30pm on the beach, walked a good distance, took lots of pictures, then went up to the hiking part, and got back to the parking lot at 7. Parking is $15. There are some free spots overlooking the water right on the highway, but those are hard to get. It was very misty for most of the time we were there, but the sun shone through later. It was weird how chilly misty it was at the beach, but not so in neighboring areas. The water is chilly. Good for walking in, but might be too cold to swim in. Bring sneakers and a bathing suit.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank vicky m
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London, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“Mountain trek”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great hike up the mountain trail. Once you get to the top, the view is breathtaking. You feel like you could touch the sky. It is so beautiful. Not to mention the great exercise. Loved loved loved it.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Laverne M
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Southern California
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“Torrey Pines”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Loved the scenery and the hiking trails. It was very hot the day we went and we weren't prepared as we should have been with water etc. Haas a little museum that's fun and the people working there are happy to tell you where to go. :)

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Hopnrocks
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“Beautiful Park”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We hiked from the parking lot to the beach. I highly recommend it for anyone in decent physical condition. Substantial elevation change down to the beach and then a reasonably difficult hike back up.

Visited August 2013
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