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Watch the Sunset at Sunset Seat in Del Mar

Del Mar, California

4.7/5
based on 3 reviews

Details

Distance

0.5 miles

Elevation Gain

200 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Alex E

One of the most picturesque locations to watch a sunset in San Diego. An old Torrey Pine has been carved into an artistic bench to sit on while watching the sunset. The cliffs and railroad that run along the state beach also add unique photo opportunities.

In a place in our country where you can take an epic sunset picture nearly everyday, its hard say there is one location tin San Diego that is better than another. I'll let you in my new favorite secret spot to take amazing sunset pictures with a cool piece of art work at the location. Visit the the Southern section of the Torrey Pines State reserve just north of the Torrey Pines State Park to get one of the best Sunsets in San Diego. The piece of artwork was formed when the city of Del Mar decided to cut down an old Torrey Pine due to damage from bark beetles. The city hired Tim Richards, who is know for his famous carvings, to turn the tree into a living piece of art for everyone to enjoy. He created a beautiful piece with a small set of stairs up to the stump and the bench section accented with a gorgeous Red Tail hawk. The Red Tail hawk is the official bird of the Torrey Pines Reserve.

This piece of art work combined with the steep bluffs of Camino Del Mar provide an amazing view at any point of the day, especially during Sunset. Hike along the winding trails though thick Torrey Pines along the cliffs or down to the beautiful beach to get up close and personal with the Pacific. But beware because you have to cross the very active railroad tracks with a train passing every 15 minutes. The tracks combined with the beach and cliffs offer another unique and beautiful photo opportunity. Continue across the bridge for more unique photo opportunities, throw down a blanket with some wine for a romantic date, or grab a beer in Del Mar to cap off an amazing evening.

Directions from San Diego: Old Hwy 101 or North Torrey Pines road turns into S Camino Del Mar the intersection is the bridge that goes over the rail road tracks, another bridge near the state park crosses the outlet from the Los Penasquitos Lagoon. Both offer unique photo opportunities. From San Diego take exit 33B and take a left on Carmel Valley Rd. take Carmel valley all the way to the coast (1.5 miles) and veer right at the first intersection. This will put you on S Camino Del Ray heading north and you will see the Sunset seat on your left after about 200 yards. You have to go to the first stop light in Del mar and make a U-Turn. Park along the side of the road once you can see the ocean. Have fun making unique photos of your own.

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Features

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic

Reviews

Relax and enjoy the view. Great time

The sunset was spectacular. The view for here is great for taking pictures and to also sit and relax if you want. Parking is tough.

Such a great little gem right up the road (north) from Torrey Pines. You can park on the side of the road and meander down to your own little cliff side spot. Bring a blanket/ jacket and make a picnic or grab a burrito or pizza from the near by restaurants and watch the sunset.

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