Do you visit San Diego? Or, do you live near San Diego? If you want to enjoy the beautiful coastal views, we recommend you to head to Torrey Pines Hike, La Jolla. Even if you ask us about all the cities we love to come back, we would say, San Diego, with no doubt.
There are many areas to hike in around the city and if we have to say something about this place, it is one of the favorite spots. In fact, Torrey Pines hiking trails are short, easy and the trails offer beautiful coastal views with the different vantage points. In addition, you can get to walk among one of the rarest pine trees on the worldwide. Besides, it is interesting to link many of the hikes together if you want to enjoy a few days exploring the area.
The Beach Trail Hike
The trail hike offers 0.75 miles that can be your first hike. It is located in Torrey Pine South. This area is a perfect choice if you love the water. Like its name, the trail offers 300 feet down to the beach. Once you see the sign for the trail, you can leave the paved road and then follow the signs. Along the way, you will find the chance to see the Red Butte. In addition, there are other offshoot trails. You can even hike up to the Razor Point or Yucca Point to get extra viewpoints.
After that, you can continue your journey by heading straight down to the beach. You can follow the beach back toward the parking lot. The high tide and the relaxing hike is all that you will love. What we recommend to you is to arrive early so you have a place for parking. Do this especially on weekends and on holidays.
Other trails worth to explore is below:
Broken Hill Trail – With 1.3 miles to reach, the trail is the longest hiking trail in Torrey Pines.
Guy Fleming Trail – It offers a 0.6 mile loop with two scenic overlooks and panoramic views. The hike offers various ferns, wildflower, and cacti too.
High Point Trail – Take 0.1 mile with this short and steep hike. It is worth to hike there since you can enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views.
Parry Grove Trail – It offers a 0.5 mile loop with the nice and secluded hike. You can count the 100 stone steps at the entrance too.
Razor Point Trail – The trail has 0.7 miles of distance with the unique formation of sandstone and beautiful coastal views. The trail makes you able to access Yucca Point as well.
Saigon Trail Formerly Ho Chi Minh Trail – For this one, it offers 0.4 miles and it is the unofficial trail that will bring you through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Well, this is not a well-maintained trail that mostly used for surfers to go to Black’s Beach. The trail makes you have to scramble and it is not one of the more easy hikes in San Diego.
Torrey Pines State Northeast Extension
The reserve of Torrey Pines State also offers the Northeast extension. Going to the north is less crowded with the fewer hiking trails less maintained. Going to the northeast extension also means that you can enjoy the more outdoorsy vibe, instead of the tourist destination.
Here are some trails available on the northeast extension:
- Mar Scenic Trail (0.5 miles) – The trail offers 0.5 miles of distance with seasonal creek.
- Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Trail – The trail offers 0.5 miles with views across the marsh to the Main Ocean and reserve.
- Margaret Fleming Nature Trail – Get 0.75 mile of a hike through the coastal sage scrub.
- Red Ridge Loop Trail – With 0.3 mile, the spot offers the lagoon, unique formation, and main reserve.
Directions, Hours, & Fees
Location: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Catch the sunset by heading to the Torrey Pines in the evening. You can head up to Torrey Pines Park Rd after parking your car. You will walk along the paved road with a clear mark for its trailheads and on the left; you can find the Visitor Center.
The Reserve is open from 7:15 AM to sunset, in a year-round. Sunset is about 5 pm in the winter and 8 pm in the summer. The Lodge or visitor center is open from 9 am year round. The spot is closed at 6 pm during summer and 4 pm during winter.
Parking & Fees
At the Reserve, there are two parking lots. The more popular option is the South Beach parking with the fee that will give you the access to the top of the mesa. The fees can be different based on the season. For example, the high season is from Spring Break to the late of September. Meanwhile, the low season starts in October and goes through the spring break.
Essential Tips For Your Visit To Torrey Pines State Reserve
- In January, the spot gets down to 45 degrees. The hottest time of the year is in fall, in August at around 80 degrees. If you go there in June and July, the coastal fog will last all day.
- It is better to stop by the visitor center to find out any information about the local wildlife, geology, and flowers. Grab one of the trail maps for free.
- Always stay on the trial because the area has a very fragile ecosystem. If you go off trail, it can cause unnecessary erosions that will be harmful to wildlife and plants.
- You cannot bring food in the Reserve or on the trail. It is okay for water.
- Enjoy your picnic at the beach, and pack out what you have packed in.
- Near the parking lots, there are bathrooms and trashcans.
- The reserve and beach are not for pets.
- The busiest time in the summer is between 10 AM and 1 PM.
- Check the times and the height of Torrey Pine tides if you are hiking through the beach.
La Jolla Hiking Trail Packing List
- Hiking Shoes
- Beach Towel
- Picnic for the Beach
Other Places To Visit Near The Torrey Pines Hike:
- Salk Institute
- Scripps Pier
- La Jolla Shores Park
- Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields