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Torrey Pines - Razor Point Trail

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Red Butte, coastal flora and fauna, razor point badlands, coastal views
Near:La Jolla, CA
Distance:1.3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:250 ft
Hike Time:1 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: All of the trails at Torrey Pines are easy, and you can hike them all in half a day if you don't want to stop and smell the sage. If you go on a weekend, you will have lots of company, and if you go on a weekday, you might have plenty of company as well.

Many people vacation in San Diego; Torrey Pines is famous, and the campus of UCSD is next door. It's no wonder people come here, there's beauty, rare trees, pretty wildflowers, coastal views, easy trails, and best of all you are away from the city, while still being very very close to the road and freeway.

This trail is a beauty, it takes you past Red Butte, you can't miss it, to the "Badlands" near Razor Point, to a coastal overlook, not bad in less than a mile. You can make this a loop or travel along the same trail back.

Trailhead: The Park is pretty easy to get to - there are numerous ways and they are all signed Torrey Pines State Reserve. Follow the signs to the entrance gate , pay the six dollar entry fee and drive to the visitor center.

Pedestrian traffic is free

From the 5 you can take three exits, but an easy way is to take the Genesee exit traveling West toward the ocean. Make a right onto Torrey Pines Road - you will drive past the golf course and when you see the slough and wetlands to your right, you will need to turn left into the Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve Area. You can park here, but the ranger station is at the top with a very nice visitor center, and lots of trails to explore.

Park at the visitor center, walk to the south end of the parking lot and pick up the trail behind the restrooms. (Lat:32.91791 Lon:-117.25029)

Trail Guides for Torrey Pines - Razor Point Trail:
California Hiking
by Tom Sinestra and Ann Marie Brown (Avalon Travel)

Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney (Olympus Press)

Walking the California Coast
by John McKinney (Harper Collins)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Torrey Pines State Reserve (858)755-2063
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted  123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by on 10/28/2015
This is a good trail in Torrey Pines, but if you want to do a good 'best of' hike in Torrey Pines, check out my trip report and directions.

Reviewed by Wynn on 6/28/2009
This hike is really easy. The trail is well maintained and there is hardly any incline. Most of the trail is a straight walk. Great view of the ocean, wildflowers and surrounding Torrey Pines reserve. The trail hooks up with Yucca Point as well as the Beach Trail and the Broken Hill Trail. The Beach Trail has a stairway that will let you get down to the beach, while the Broken Hill trail is the longest and probably most challenging in the park. For hikers who are looking for a good first trail, I recommend starting from Razor Point and hooking up with the Yucca Point and Beach Trails and eventually finishing up by going back on the Broken Hill and Northern Fork Trails. It sounds like alot but it only took us a little more than an hour.

Reviewed by A.L. on 8/5/2006
Auesome dude!

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