nature trips

kid friendly

wild flowers

no dogs

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).

High traffic and short, but good views! It was worth a one-time visit.

6 days ago

This is definitely a nice walk more than a hike, park at the bottom parking lot and walk up with the locals to add some distance, once up there are lots of different trails I tried most of them in a morning. Lots of people running the trails. Gets crowded on the weekend get there early. There is a great golf course there as well and the views are fantastic. A fun tough walk to do with your wife, girlfriend or the whole family.

12 days ago

Great views. So many different trails. Love the finish on the beach

Easy hike - lots of paths to take. Great ending on the beach

This is probably my favorite hike thus far. I get my fix of trees, plants and history while ending with water. All trails are easy and can be done on the same day. Make sure to end with the beach trail. There are many amazing views throughout the hike. It's definitely worth the drive. Even better if you can catch the sunset too.