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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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  • Donald P.
    "Beautiful hike from cliffs to beach... lots of coastal flowers."(3 Tips)
    Keri R.
    "the trail to flat rock has amazing views of canyons and the ocean."(2 Tips)
    Maura O.
    "Really relaxing hiking trails"(2 Tips)
    Victoria D.
    "Take a hike on one of the amazing trails and check out the museum."(2 Tips)
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  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelJuly 31
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for weekend hikes!
  • TheDL
    TheDLApril 25
    You should really get here since the rains. The flora and fauna are out in abundance
  • Bonnie G.
    Beautiful spot to hike. Many trails to walk both long and short. Scenery is amazing. Worth the trip.
  • Sara N.
    Sara NewmanJanuary 13
    Trails are beautiful but they close them at the slightest rain so call before you go!
  • Caroline L.
    Caroline LiAugust 16, 2016
    Beautiful view & nice casual hike 😊
  • Bradford R.
    Bradford RileyAugust 7, 2016
    Gorgeous view and scenery. Nice to find some untouched beach in all this city.
  • Jazmin C.
    Jazmin CrespoMay 28, 2016
    This place is amazing you can see the beautiful sunset
  • Christine O.
    Christine OverbeckApril 13, 2016
    Parking is expensive but worth it. Bring water and a camera
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickJanuary 26, 2016
    Beautiful place for hiking
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJanuary 18, 2016
    Beautiful hike from the cliffs down to the beach. If you park at the bottom, the hike up to the parking lot is harder than the scenic hike itself. Curve down to the beach to skip the parking lot hike.
    Upvoted Aug 2
  • Filbert W.
    Filbert WAugust 16, 2015
    No food! Don't expect to picnic
  • Katie E.
    Katie EwingAugust 2, 2015
    Scenic views, trails, exercise
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJune 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The easiest hiking trail in SD. Run the entire thing so you can actually break a sweat!
  • LaQueena S.
    LaQueena SadéJune 8, 2015
    Absolutely breathtaking & stunning!!!!!!
  • Sasha T.
    Sasha TkachenkoMarch 6, 2015
    No through transit. $12 /car entrance.
  • Jeff Ciecko
    Jeff CieckoFebruary 28, 2015
    Great place to hike the beaches or the trails above!
  • Natasha L.
    Natasha LoomisFebruary 3, 2015
    I've hiked this multiple times with friends and fam and it's gorgeous! The sights never fail. Workout a light sweat and walk down to the beach afterwards. #thebest
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanDecember 8, 2014
    Don't park in the 1st lot by the exit. Drive to the visitor center, you'll have more energy for the hike down the trails to the beach and overlooks.
    Upvoted Aug 2
  • Krista S.
    Krista SSeptember 30, 2014
    Beautiful view of the coast. Short stroll..not really a hike. Instead of hiking back just walk along the beach and back to your car... Feels much more refreshing!
    Upvoted Aug 2
  • John G.
    John GoltermanSeptember 11, 2014
    Absolutely amazing views, beautiful terrain, and nice people. Visiting from Jersey and had the best hiking experience.
    Upvoted Aug 2
  • Christie P.
    Christie ParksSeptember 3, 2014
    Go up the beach ways which is totally uphill and up stairs and your bum will love you.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PelletierAugust 28, 2014
    Beautiful! The trails are wonderful!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmJanuary 6, 2014
    Hike down the Beach Trail for a challenging (but oh-so-rewarding) journey!
  • A.Erdem
    A.ErdemAugust 19, 2013
    Ocean is very wavy for swimming but perfect for surfing
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FooJune 15, 2013
    Broken Hill South Trail is closed for maintenance...
  • Donald P.
    Donald PetersenJune 13, 2013
    Beautiful hike from cliffs to beach... lots of coastal flowers.
  • @SDWIFEY
    @SDWIFEYApril 13, 2013
    Take a hike.
  • Ruben v.
    Ruben van StaverenMarch 23, 2013
    SQUIRREL!!!!
  • Gina SuuperG S.
    Gina SuuperG StarkMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Simply go-juss! You can take lots of loops to add mileage. Look for whales spouting off the coast in season.
  • Leah W.
    Leah WorrellFebruary 11, 2013
    Great hike! Gorgeous views!
  • Steven L.
    Steven LarkyJanuary 2, 2013
    Park along Carmel Valley Road. For free!
  • Ricky P.
    Ricky PottsNovember 24, 2012
    If you are paying with a credit card, go in and turn left. The ticket must be displayed on your dash or you will get a citation.
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki WolfNovember 21, 2012
    This is a beautiful hike with stunning views. Don't miss it!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel ShimAugust 30, 2012
    Sunset is awesome!
  • Brie C.
    Brie CJuly 13, 2012
    If you can, snag a beach parking spot just before Torrey Pines State Park to avoid the $15 day use fee. Don't expect to be able to park at the beach on a weekend though :)
  • San Diego Reader
    San Diego ReaderMay 2, 2012
    Slightly less famous, but equally worthwhile, is the Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension, located just across Los Peñasquitos Lagoon from the main reserve. Read more
  • Billie Bourgeois - Pacific Sotheby's International
    Every day is a great day at Torrey Pines! Lots of parking, trails for hiking and beach!
  • LiveFit F.
    LiveFit FilmsMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Welcoming spring!!!
  • Softub
    SoftubFebruary 29, 2012
    Although it's located in the city of San Diego, it remains as one of the wildest reserves on the Southern California Coast; with miles of breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife.
    Upvoted Aug 2
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.February 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best San Diego hiking within a 45 minute drive of downtown San Diego. A must see/do for visitors.
  • Izzy B.
    Izzy BonciminoJanuary 4, 2012
    Check out the museum at the top of the hill. The short video has great info and stunning photography!
  • Lance H.
    Lance HDecember 16, 2011
    Great trails for exercising and you can't beat the views!
  • Lindsay
    LindsayNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for a walk, a jog, a stroll and watch the sunset. It'll take your breath away!
  • Amie H.
    Amie HuebnerOctober 21, 2011
    Best views in SoCal...you can even sometimes see the whales migrating if you visit at the right time of year.
  • ANNETTE G.
    ANNETTE GARCIAOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Waves r glassy!
  • ANNETTE G.
    ANNETTE GARCIAOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Waves r glassy!7
  • Leeanne
    LeeanneSeptember 23, 2011
    Hiking+beach=WIN
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua SeatonSeptember 15, 2011
    If you like the outdoors ! It's a must !
  • William M.
    William MatthewsAugust 26, 2011
    Hit the trails then take flat rock to the beach for a swim!!
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RobinsonAugust 13, 2011
    Beauty Unlimited:)
  • Anna C.
    Anna CJuly 31, 2011
    Beautiful! I wish we had more time to explore other trails.
  • Maura O.
    Maura OJuly 1, 2011
    Really relaxing hiking trails: amazing views of the Pacific Ocean the entire time. You can even hike down to the beach! Love it.
  • Visit San Diego
    Visit San DiegoOctober 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For water view and coastal eco-culture, you can't beat Torrey Pines State Reserve!
  • Last A.
    Last AdventurerAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Home to the rarest tree in North America, and one of the rarest trees on the planet. Tread lightly and enjoy an amazing spot!
  • D B.
    D BJuly 30, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Great state park tucked away in a scenic Del Mar neighborhood.
  • Hilton C.
    Hilton CampusJuly 21, 2010
    Take a walk in the reserve, and on the beach. The views are stunning, and you really are in nature!
  • Victoria D.
    Take a hike on one of the amazing trails and check out the museum.
  • Keri R.
    Keri RobinsonApril 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the trail to flat rock has amazing views of canyons and the ocean. flowers will be blooming in the spring.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrattFebruary 25, 2010
    This is beautiful state park situated right above the ocean ...
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