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
- Hiking shoes
- Sun block
- Hat/ sunglasses (especially on the sunnier/ warmer days)
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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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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