Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a wilderness island in an urban sea. This fragile environment is the home of our nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana. Once this tree covered a larger area. It now grows only here and on Santa Rosa Island off the coast near Santa Barbara. The park preserves not only the trees, but also one of the last salt marshes and waterfowl refuges in Southern California. The reserve features high broken cliffs and deep ravines on headlands overlooking the ocean. Hikers can follow trails through stands of wind-sculpted pines. A picturesque, pueblo-style structure that served as a restaurant when it was built in 1923 houses the visitor center, featuring interpretive displays. Picnicking and camping are prohibited in the reserve. The reserve's rich plant community features wildflowers in the spring and visitors can see the California quail gathered in coveys in the early mornings of fall and winter. The reserve is a day-use park only. There is no overnight camping facility. Torrey Pines State Beach can also be reached by trail from the Reserve. Torrey Pines prohibits dogs anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within a vehicle).
One of my favorite hikes of all time!!! The ultimate treat is being able to walk back barefoot on the beach if the tide is not too high. They got rid of the foot washing stations so bring a bottle of water to rinse your feet if you care to do so.
Terri G. on Beach Trail / Broken Hill Trail Loo...
Loved the views & the way the trails were marked
Beautiful views from all directions! If you are looking for solitude then this is not the place for you. Great hike, that you can make as short or as long as you like. Good visitors center, with those great hiking medallions, that those of us that use hiking staffs love!!
Beautiful trail. Excellent views and scenery. Easy going downhill that leads to a very pretty beach. Rough coming back up for me as I have very severe asthma. I was not in good shape at a couple of points because of the constant incline and no way to escape the direct sunlight. An easier alternative would be to park at the bottom lot and walk back to your car via the beach vs coming straight back up the hill.
Beautiful scenery! We took my 3 1/2 yo with us. She did fine until the middle up hill climb and needed a piggy back ride for some of it. We were fine with it and new this would happen beforehand. But I recommend leaving the toddler at home if you don't want to have to carry them for part of it. Or, if you need to take them just hike/walk the beginning and turn around and go back the same way before it goes down hill. It'll still be a beautiful view!