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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
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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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