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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a wilderness oasis in a largely urban area and home to our nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana. The reserve is also a salt marsh that houses many water birds, and as such is a very unique and sensitive Southern California ecosystem that is well worth a visit for the great views alone. Some of California's most beloved plants and animals rely on this reserve. The reserve features miles of hiking trails, ocean views and beaches, and tons of wildlife viewing opportunities. The visitor center houses interpretive nature exhibits that are educational and interesting for kids and adults alike. The reserve is a day-use park only. There is no overnight camping or any picnicking allowed.Torrey Pines does not allow dogs anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within your car). These rules help protect the ecosystem, please respect them.

Many sick photo ops

Easy hike, beautiful views, cool plants and terrain

Whenever my husband and I vacation in Encinitas, we go to Torrey Pines, not so much for a “workout” because the trail is really easy, but for the views! Gorgeous!

Really beautiful beach

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

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.

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

1 month 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.

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 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).

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!

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.

1st hike ever! Spent a few days in San Diego which we usually do once a year, wanted to do something different with my wife and two daughters 6/3. Drove to the South Beach parking lot from Hotel Circle (15-20 min) paid $15 for parking on a Monday and headed up the hill to get to the trails, that was the hardest part, my 3 year old was already on my shoulders and my 6 year old was already starting to complain. Finally got to the trail and they were more enthused. 6 year old did everything herself, with a helping hand on some steeper steps and sandy rock towards the bottom. They loved the end result of the ocean being right there at the last staircase. She now wants to do a hike again. I would recommend 5+ for newbies, yes younger can do it, but expect them to want to be carried for a bit.

Great trail for all ages and abilities. Plan on checking tide levels if you’re looking to take the beach trail back to the parking lot. High tide hit around noon.

The ocean is my only medication!

Nice and easy trails, fun little hike

Beautiful trails and breathtaking views!

Easy Hike and Beautiful Views!

2 months ago

Super easy trail with incredible views. I enjoyed all of the markers describing the native plant life.

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