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 a complete walkthrough 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 7:15 am until sunset. Check the parks.ca.gov website for more info.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Sun block
  • Hat/ sunglasses (especially on the sunnier/ warmer days)
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RT Distance 5.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 300 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Torrey Pines

Great hike for an intermediate fitness level, very populated but still can enjoy the views of the beach and waves. Recommend traveling all the trails, many different outlooks!

Go Early

Easy and pretty trail system. Go early to avoid crowds of tourists as well as the hassle of parking.

about 1 year ago

Great Family Spot

Easy hikes with fantastic ocean views the whole way. There is an entrance fee if you want to park at the trail heads which I recommend if you have little ones or seniors. Otherwise you have to walk up a hill for about a mile. There is a ranger station with a gift shop and restrooms.


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