Guy Fleming Trail

Escondido, California 92029

Guy Fleming Trail

Guy Fleming Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The variety and peace of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve attract a faithful following who breathe in the scent of eucalyptus while enjoying the clifftop breezes above the sea. This trail is named for Guy Fleming, one of the most influential pioneers in the San Diego park system. Fleming was the Lorax for the Torrey Pines and may have inspired Dr. Seuss, who lived just down the road and whose main character in his book The Lorax famously tries to protect a doomed forest of Truffula Trees."

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"No hurrying allowed—fill your senses with the serenity of nature’s power and beauty during an easy stroll along the Guy Fleming Trail. Puffy, gilt-edged clouds drift overhead, and a refreshing breeze guides you along the meandering path to ocean overlooks. Bring binoculars— you can often spot dolphins in the waters below. Also watch for migrating whales during the winter viewing season, or just let your mind wander as you sit on one of the many benches, letting the roar of the ocean lull you."

"Perched atop massive sandstone bluffs above a lonely stretch of coastline, one of the world’s rarest trees, pinus torreyana, or Torrey pine, has found a lasting and protected home. Once widespread along the Southern California coastline, these trees have been restricted by great changes in climate and landscape since the last ice age. Now they are found native in only two locations: in and around this reserve and on Santa Rosa Island near Santa Barbara. You’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy these rare and beautiful trees as you stroll around this short loop, which is accessible to people with disabilities. The views from atop the sandstone bluffs overlooking the Pacific are awe-inspiring —especially at sunset. To truly appreciate the beauty of Torrey Pines State Reserve, spend some time savoring its unique stretch of coastline."

"The Guy Fleming Trail is an easy 0.7-mile interpretive loop around North Grove, a dense stand of twisted Torrey pines. The trail is named in honor of the late conservationist, naturalist, and park supervisor. The diverse trail contours the windswept mesa past sandstone formations, continuing to two coastal overlooks perched 250 feet above the sea. The North Overlook offers views of Torrey Pines State Beach, the Los Penasquitos Marsh, and the city of Del Mar. The South Overlook vistas extend to Scripps Pier, La Jolla Bay, the city of La Jolla, San Clemente Island, and Catalina Island."

Guy Fleming Trail Reviews

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VERY cool trail to hike! A little under a mile loop that takes you to the Ocean cliffs and loops back. When you finish this walk up the road and hike the Parry Grove Trail.
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A short well-maintained trail through a fine group of Torrey Pine trees. Spectacular views in all directions. At present, several types of wildflowers are blooming, including coreopsis. We were also lucky enough to see hot air balloons, hangliders, and several hawks.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
30 minutes
Torrey Pines State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Escondido; trail map available online at
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018