Torrey Pines State Reserve Trail

Del Mar, California 92014

Torrey Pines State Reserve Trail

Torrey Pines State Reserve Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Torrey Pines State Reserve Trail Reviews

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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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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
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
All year
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Local Contacts
USGS Del Mar
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018