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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

#5 of 434 things to do in San Diego Features Animals
12600 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-755-2063
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Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beach trail” (154 reviews)
“great hike” (96 reviews)
“razor point” (72 reviews)
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12600 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-755-2063
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Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Can't beat SD weather and this scenery just adds to it! Take a sack lunch and some drinks and just enjoy the beauty that surrounds you!

Thank r2bigdawgz50193
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Hiked from the TP trailhead to the Salk Institute. At ~1/2 way you go down to the beach and walk until you get to the steep uphill trail at the Glideport (also a good way to go if you don;t want to pay the entrance...More

Thank cuckatoo
Reviewed 27 March 2016

One of my favorite hiking trails is here. You have to pay to drive up to top to park, but its worth it, cuz then all my walking is done with the gorgeous ocean views, canyon & wildflower views! Don't forget your camera.... absolutely stunning...More

Thank Claudia M
Reviewed 25 March 2016

Have been here several times, always a great place to hike, take photos, relax, view nature. Always something new to experience.

Thank ithaca249
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Torrey Pined State Reserve is a great place to visit. It's right on the beach ( with elevation) and has many trails , different length. Most of them have incredible views . On the top of the hill, you can visit a very informative small...More

Thank Marshaici
Reviewed 24 March 2016

You can spend an entire day here and not see the entire place. The views and trails are awesome and the people are very nice. There is so much to do here that I am not even sure that I could list them all. If...More

1  Thank Bob D
Reviewed 24 March 2016

There are a few paid parking areas depending on if looking for beach access or hiking at the reserve. At the bottom parking lots is the beach. Walk north along the beach and into Del Mar. Walk south head towards Black's Beach and then La...More

1  Thank San D
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This park is small, most hikes/walks are less than a mile. The scenery is breathtaking at times. The beach trail has a bit of altitude change, but it's well worth it. It's worth exploring some of the side trails from it to catch a few...More

Thank Tomcsa
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

This state park is a jem in the rough. You have beautiful natural torrey pine trees, that have been here for generations, and an awesome beach to explore. The museum and trails, at the top of the park, are rustic and the views are breathe-...More

Thank jean w
Reviewed 23 March 2016

I love going here for a nice walk on their trails followed by a stay at the beach. Great views and a very clean beach. There are also great places to eat nearby!

Thank Claudio B
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Tom K
Is there a place to be dropped off and explore/hike?
25 March 2017|
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Response from Sidney W | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a place before the entry where you can be dropped off without the driver having to pay the parking fee. It doesn't add to the walking.
Shilpa C
Is a car required to explore this place?
7 March 2017|
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Response from aquamark762 | Reviewed this property |
You do not need a car inside the park, just some way to get there.
Prerana D
Is it possible to get to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve without a car? Is Uber an option?
5 December 2016|
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Response from uribes | Reviewed this property |
I do not think that this is an option. There is a sign at the entrance saying that you must may the daily fee of $20 even if you want to drop off passangers