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Really beautiful beach

easy and beautiful overlooking the ocean. some climbing good shoes suggested

Different options

We went up the hill first and walked through many of the offshoot trails before going back down along the beach. Great trail. Loved it.

Closed Monday-Friday. They need staff on hand to “protect the area” in case anything were to happen. Curious if they hold your hand while you hike but I didn’t get the chance to ask him.

Very easy trail with many different branching paths. I feel like there’s always something new to explore!

Beautiful and easy trail.

More a long stroll than a hike but nonetheless beautiful and worth it. Great views. Nice trails. Many options. Great return over the beach. Free parking street side (don’t spend $15 for the parking lot)

Super easy! But bring lots of water because there’s little to no shade on the trail! You can park at hw basin and walk up the hill to the trails and then walk the beach back to your car or you can drive up to the trail head and hike down and back up. I prefer the beach loop!

Great trail. Lots of other trail options while you’re out there. Can easily stretch this hike into 4-miles. Plenty of places to take pictures. Finishing on the beach back to the parking lot is awesome!

Breathtaking views.

A must see. This hike sealed the deal for me and my move to San Diego.

Simple to hike. If you go clockwise you will ascend up to the top of the hill in the first 2/3 mike. It’s a good climb on firm trail along side the roadway. From the top you have multiple options that take you to various vistas. All have amazing views. The beach trail will dump you out on the beach for a surprisingly short walk back to the parking lot

Or..... Take the beach first and head counterclockwise for a change. Your toughest area this direction will be the middle 1/3 as you climb steadily. Then you have the big descent down the road to end.

Check out other reviews in the app for the various side trails at Torrey Pines

I loved it and so did my dog

Very nice hike with the hubby and dog through lovely Maple Canyon and then an little zig zagging through historic Bankers Hill.

28 days ago

Easy, sadly all Torrey pine trees here appear to be dead. If you really want to see a Torrey pine forest, go to Santa Rosa Island.

This trail is a great option if you're looking for a quick outing with your dogs. You can definitly tell that you're in a neighborhood since the trail goes from dirt to paved and back to dirt so keep that in mind. All in all, it's a nice walk, flat and easy to navigate since it takes you in a loop. Walking at a medium pace takes you about an hour.

Absolutely breathtaking. Easy walking, friendly people, amazing views and amazing weather.

The first part up the hill is meh. The viewpoints are also overrated. The walk on the beach is amazing. Also I went in the afternoon and the reflections of the canyons in the receding water were mesmerizing.

This was a nice trail easily accessed by a set of stairs down into a canyon. Toward the end of the canyon, you have views into s nearby lagoon and can see horses corralled on the hillside. This would be good for a family or when hiking with a small dog (as we were ;)

This turned out to be an adventure. I guess I underestimated the hike and decided to go after work at 6:30 PM. Did half the hike (the part on the beach) in near darkness. It can be a little intimidating hiking in the dark in high tide when you don't know how much further you have to go and you are not sure what lays ahead. My advice to all, start at least one hour before the sun sets if you want to avoid the dark. Still a very scenic and a gorgeous trail. One big disadvantage of hiking at night on the beach here is that there were a lot of mosquitoes (on a particular section).

1 month ago

Accurately described. Lake with a bit of desert landscaping. All dogs were on leash. Some owners don’t scoop the poop. Overall nice trail.

I absolutely love Torrey Pines. The scenery is gorgeous, and the beach at the end of this trail is so refreshing.

1 month ago

Absolutely loved Torrey Pines. Walked the loop the end of June. Beautiful views. Colorful rock formations. Gorgeous beach. We walked from the lower parking lot up the road to several overlooks and then took beach trail down to the shoreline and back to the car. There is very little shade. Bring some good sunscreen and a hat. Parking gets crazy so go early and on a weekday. Highly recommend.

This is a great hike. The scenery is beautiful and it’s a real easy trail. When I went in May it had a lot of foot traffic. A family friendly trail. It ends at the beach and you can walk up and down the coast. Just beautiful. Highly recommend!

nice stroll with great views of houses in an area you would usually not go through. I recommend for families and dog walks

Great trail to get out & enjoy the scenery. The. Jews of the ocean are spectacular. The walk along the beach back to the parking lot caps it off. Bring a swimsuit & relax on the beach afterwards.

You are richly rewarded when you breach the final hill showing the ocean. You can see DelMar to the right, and The Jolla Cove to the left.

This trail was freaking gorgeous loved every bit of it!!!!!! Definitely coming back to this one!!!!

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