nature trips

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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).

Awesome views and not hard.

trail running
11 days ago

Beautiful as nature gets! Easy trails that are clearly marked and groomed. I run through the Torrey Pines park every day!

One of the most beautiful hikes you'll ever go on. Beach is the highlight.

One of the best and most beautiful trail I have hiked. It's breathtaking and gorgeous anytime of the day.

Quick fun loop with several awesome look out points!

Beautiful views!

You have to pay $12-$15 to park near the trailhead

It should be stated that you have to pay a parking fee ($12-$15). Or you can park 2 miles away & walk up a steep hill to the trail head.

Great scenic hike.

Great place to spend the morning. The views were gorgeous and the terrain is easy to traverse.

This trail provided some easily traversed and sometimes narrow obstacles of mostly Desert vegetation. Views were spectacular and worth the hike down to the beach from there it was a quick walk along the shoreline back to our car.

this was a lovely hike with beautiful views of the ocean and plenty of greenery. not too long, but just long enough and plenty of (much) shorter options for when you're feeling adventurous. i took the Beach trail down on my 25th birthday today and attest this is a great way to walk off on your own and enjoy the trail.

This is a regular for us here in Del Mar. Beautiful trails, obviously hot and not a lot of shade