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Red Butte, Yucca Point, and Razor Point Trail [CLOSED]

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Red Butte, Yucca Point, and Razor Point Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Del Mar, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 203 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

No dogs

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NOTE: TP State Beach open for passive and active recreation, but the Reserve (including all trails, the park road, visitor center and extension) will remain closed due to COVID-19. Please check here for updates: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=657 This hike combines Red Butte, the Yucca Point Trail, and the Razor Point Trail. You will see lots of wildlife, plants, and of course the wonderful and rare Torrey Pines. Enjoy the breeze, smell the flowers, and plan to spend at least half a day here.

Torrey Pines State Reserve (858)755-2063

Reserve hours: 7am-sunset. No dogs/horses/bicycles/picnics on trail. Warning: do not walk too close to the cliff -- rock and sand fall is possible due to wind and water erosion. This terrain is unshaded from sun and unshielded from wind -- sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and wind jacket are all appropriate to bring. Military aircrafts fly over this area fairly frequently (it used to be a military exercise arena), so be prepared for some loud engines while you are there. 1.5 liters of water should suffice on a cool day, 2L+ may be needed on hot days. The Flora and fauna here are great for photography: the humming birds are harder to capture, but the torrey pines and cacti are there for you to enjoy more easily. Binoculars may help while looking for dolphins from the Razor or Yucca Points. For a longer loop, you have the option to return via the broken hill trail to either the north fork or the south fork trail and then a paved road, adding around 2 miles to the trip. You can also walk along the beach to get back to the park entrance.

The Park is pretty easy to get to - there are numerous ways and they are all signed Torrey Pines State Reserve. Follow the signs to the entrance gate , pay the six dollar entry fee and drive to the visitor center. Pedestrian traffic is free From the 5 you can take three exits, but an easy way is to take the Genesee exit traveling West toward the ocean. Make a right onto Torrey Pines Road - you will drive past the golf course and when you see the slough and wetlands to your right, you will need to turn left into the Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve Area. You can park here, but the ranger station is at the top with a very nice visitor center, and lots of trails to explore. Park near the visitor center - follow the road south to the other parking lot and follow the trail behind the bathrooms

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Alyssa Ramirez
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HikingFeeGreat!No shade

(2014) Beautiful trail that I've redone on return trips to San Diego. Easy and scenic the whole time.

Samantha Anderson
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Hiking

My family and i hiked this trail and continued on to the beach trail.

Flo Doo
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Hiking

Great easy path with the family. I'd recommend going clockwise to Razor Point first, as it seemed to have more sloped switchbacks (compared to the Yucca side) and probably easier going down than up. Also, we saw the branch point to the Beach after the Yucca viewpoint, so could have easily add Beach trail going in this direction...Next time!

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Vinod Kumar
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No shade
Sharon Gunther
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Hiking

Such an amazing hike! The trails were easy enough, although some steps were rocky or eroded so going down we had to be very cautious, but there was a cable to hold just in case. Going up was less precarious. Beautiful! The sun came out as we started! The views were spectacular! Lots of military jets overhead. I highly recommend these trails. Then we took the beach trail down and back. All trails interconnected. Perfect!

Gabrielle Sales
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Hiking

Awesome hike! It’s $15 to get into the state park. Love all the coastal views you’re getting and being by the trees. The million years old cliffs were worth seeing. Also warning there are ticks and rattlesnakes (depending when you’re hiking)!

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Bill S.
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Nice easy trail with amazing views. Great for the kids.

Robbie Paplin
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HikingNo shade

Very bright and pretty

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Jennifer Vidal
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Hiking

Nice easy loop. We went on an overcast day but there’s no shade so I can see how it would be hot in full sun. Plenty of dolphin sightings on the coast!

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Mike Sheehan
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Hiking

Overcrowded, but nice views.

Lauren Stanbridge
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Stunning!

Staci Hurst
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Ujwala R.
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Easy, unusual red color, great views.

Mike Beltran
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Hiking

Great trail would highly recommend. Very easy.

Jazmine Coronado
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Hiking

All ages super easy..!

The wandering Marine
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Awesome!!

Jennifer H
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This was an easy trail to follow, and the terrain wasn’t particularly rugged. Suitable for all ages and abilities. The views across the cliffs and out to the sea are amazing, not to mention the flowers and trees, and as I was up there at the end of a beautiful clear day in January I was treated to a stunning sunset. Well worth a visit.

Vera Bianca
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very beautiful views

Sarah Brunell
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I would consider this easy, not moderate. Beautiful views, but can be very busy

Jill Romero
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Hiking

This was an absolutely stunning trail. Yes, it’s 20 bucks to park but completely worth it. Would have loved to have more time. Will definitely hike this again!

GT W
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Note all trails at Torrey Pines are currently closed due to the March rains. Huge bang for your buck. Ultra easy with fantastic views of the cliffs and ocean.

Pranjali Sharma
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Good views, easy walk along the trail, the trail is worth a run. If you get there early morning, you may catch some dolphins in the ocean :)

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Hiking

It’s a busy trail but well worth it. I recommended paying the $15 dollar entrance fee to park or you will walk an additional few miles to the trail head. Should support our parks anyway, they are very busy picking up trash and cleaning up graffiti. The trail is easy with gorgeous ocean views. Get out there. Happy trails.

B B
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Of course it’s crowded, it’s near a city. Beautiful clean trails that are well maintained. Nice views, saw a bunny. Don’t come on a weekend or all the parking will be filled. It’s a $15 entrance fee, if you pay it will save you a mile or two of an uphill trek before hitting the trail head. Bring water, get out there.

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Jacqueline Lanoza
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Breathe taking views.

Daniel Chang
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Love it!

Trisheana Hunter
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The views are amazing but this is a very busy trail. Going down it definitely seems easy and the trail does go all the way down to the ocean with beautiful views all the way. I definitely didn’t realize how steep it was until I was in the way back up. The smooth sandy trail is too set and carved out for my taste but I assumed it was for safety and preservation I would definitely hike here again.

Elena G
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Hiking

Great hike any time of the year!

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