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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).

Beautiful place to go hiking we took the beach trail very pretty .Just be careful going down the stair to the beach could be very slippery with the wet sand on the stairs

Nice scenery, quite easy. The nearby Ho Chi Minh trail from the gliderport down to Blacks Beach is a much more interesting and challenging hike though.

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1 day ago

I love everything about this trail. Once you make it up the big hill, there are several paths you can take. A real scenic route. You'll end up on the beach and can walk back to your starting point. Lots of places to stop and take pictures too.

Nice hike. Beautiful view! Be careful if you end on the beach trail - you will get wet. If tide is up there is no choice but to walk in the water. Still a fantastic hike and worth it for the views