Hiking Torrey Pines

San Diego Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Added by Grant Nyquist

Torrey Pines is one of the most scenic and iconic spots to day hike in San Diego. Ocean views, access to the beach and a killer hill all included. With different lengths of hikes, you can make this is easy or hard as you want.

The beach trail brings you from the parking lot across the lodge from the bluff down to the beach. You can choose to visit the Red Butte, the Razor Point and the Yucca Point trails along the way. Of the other trails, this trail seems to provide the most complete walk through of geological features; it also provides a gradual descent down to the beach suitable for children.

Warning: do not walk too close to the cliff -- rock and sand fall is possible due to wind and water erosion. This terrain is unshaded from sun and unshielded from wind

The Flora and fauna here are great for photography and binoculars may help while looking for dolphins from the Razor or Yucca Points.

For a longer loop, you have the option to return via the broken hill trail to either the north fork or the south fork trail and then a paved road, adding around 2 miles to the trip. You can also walk along the beach to get back to the park entrance.

The Natural Reserve is open from 7:15am until sunset. Check the parks.ca.gov website for more info.

Cover Photo: Bill Gracey

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Sun block
  • Hat/ sunglasses (especially on the sunnier/ warmer days)
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Activities:

Fitness, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

5.5 Miles

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Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
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How to Get There

about 1 month ago

Amazing

Parking fee is $15 but you have in/out privileges which I think is nice thing to have. There is parking at the beach and at the top of the park. The free parking is limited and I think there is a time limit of three hours. its a steep walk to the top. My suggestion if you don't hike a lot, park at the top and save your energy for the hikes within the park. Great views. Do not miss the hike down to the beach.

about 1 month ago

7 months ago

Highlight of The Weekend

When visiting San Diego for a long weekend Torrey Pines was on the to do list. The winding trails and cliffs that bring you to oceans edge are beautiful. A spot and hike worth making the time for!

7 months ago

8 months ago

A Great Place To Spend The Morning

I'd recommend heading out there early in the morning. That way you can avoid lying for parking and snag a free space at the waterfront. The park was fantastic. So many different views, all equally as breathtaking. Taking the beach stairs was a blast, it's a never ending treasure trove of adventure. Check this out!!

8 months ago

10 months ago

Easier Part Of SD

This is a beautiful hike! No doubt about that, it is also one of the more easier hikes in San Diego! I'd rate it a 5 out of 10 difficulty. And I'm not a Avid hiker. Just your average joe! I won't even say bring a camera it's the 21st century everyone's got there phones!

10 months ago

11 months ago

A wonderful hike with awesome views

Cliffs, beach access, ocean vistas, and unordinary landscapes make for some great photography. Bring a camera because Torrey Pines is gorgeous.

11 months ago

12 months ago

Scenic place to get some cardio in!

There are plenty of trails and some good uphill grades. If you are looking to burn a few pounds and take in some beautiful views--this place is it!

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Even better at sunset

For the best hike, I'd recommend starting from the top and heading down to the beach from the north side of the loop, then returning from the south side of the loop. One of my favorite hikes in the San Diego area. Seriously amazing during golden hour.

about 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Lovely little jaunt. Peace among the southern California hustle and bustle.

almost 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Very moderate to easy hike to get beautiful views. Parking can be a hassle on the weekends if you don't want to pay to park in the lot. I always recommend this hike to friends that aren't avid hikers and want to do something as a date night. The sunsets from the top of the hill are beautiful. Trail: well maintained, depending on where you are it's either concrete, dirt or sand.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Guy Flemming trail is easy and has great views, but it is just a teaser compared to Razor Point and Yucca Point.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Tips: Reserve hours: 7am-sunset. No dogs/horses/bicycles/picnics on trail.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Tips: Reserve hours: 7am-sunset. No dogs/horses/bicycles/picnics on trail.

over 2 years ago

Added by Grant Nyquist

I'm basically awesome, more basic though

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