Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Del Mar, California 92014

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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"The rare and beautiful Torrey pine trees atop the coastal bluffs south of Del Mar are as much a symbol of the Golden State as are the famed Monterey cypress trees native to California’s central coast. Torrey pines grow naturally in only two places on Earth: in and around Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and on Santa Rosa Island, off Santa Barbara.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve would be botanically noteworthy even without its pines. More than 330 species of plants have been identified there so far. Sage scrub, chaparral, and salt marsh plant communities are present in various parts of the reserve. If you’re interested in identifying plants and wildflowers typical of the coast and coastal strip, the reserve is simply the best single place to go in San Diego County."

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"If you’re interested in identifying plants and wildflowers typical of the coast and coastal strip, the reserve is simply the best single place to go in San Diego County. Excellent interpretive facilities at the reserve’s museum make this an easy task. Besides the exhibits, you can browse through several notebooks full of captioned photographs of common and rare plants within the reserve. You can also visit the native plant gardens surrounding the museum building and at the head of the Parry Grove Trail. A network of well-trodden trails over the eroded bluffs will take you nearly everywhere in the reserve, except into most canyon bottoms. It’s important that you stick to these trails and eschew shortcuts and cross-country travel. The thin soils are easily eroded without the protection of healthy vegetation. As you’ll plainly see, there are already enough instances of erosion here, both natural and human-made." Read more
101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"The rare and beautiful Torrey pines atop the coastal bluffs south of Del Mar are as much a symbol of the Golden State as are the famed Monterey cypress trees native to central California’s coast. Torrey pines grow naturally in only two places: in and around Torrey Pines State Reserve and on Santa Rosa Island, off Santa Barbara." Read more

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Reviews

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7/19/2018
The Torrey Pines Beach Trail is unbelievably beautiful but can also be very crowded, unfortunately. It is an easy walk, and so pretty. A must-do whether you live in the San Diego area or are just visiting.
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10/4/2009
Awesome views with challenging elevation changes! Well worth the $10 daily use fee that the park charges to drive and park there. I would definitely do it again.
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4/4/2009
I did all of the trails within the Torrey Pines park (except Razor Point, which was closed) in about 3 hours. The views were spectacular; wildflowers were in full bloom, brilliant blue sky, and views up and down the coast. My only gripe is that there are A LOT of people on these trails, especially the ever-popular and beautiful Beach Trail (which ends with access to the beach). Granted, it was a gorgeous, early-spring Saturday morning, so many people were running the trails or on a stroll with their family. The Broken Hill trails were more secluded (but with equally impressive views at the end). The park is definitely worth the half-day trip for some nice exercise and beautiful scenery, just beware that most people using the trails are not experienced hikers. Trail difficulty varies; I'd say overall it was pretty moderate. I give it 5 stars for scenery, 2 stars for atmosphere for a solo hiker (lots of people but good for families), and 3-4 stars for difficulty (generally, i like tough hikes). 4 stars overall
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Trail Information

Del Mar
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.0
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Torrey Pines State Reserve
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Dec 2018