Summary: Torrey Pines State Reserve is a wilderness island in an urban sea. This fragile environment is the home of our nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana. Before the encroachment of civilization this tree covered a larger area. It now grows only here and on Santa Rosa Island off the coast near Santa Barbara.
No food / picnicking are allowed in the park except on the Beach near the entrance. Dogs and horses are prohibited.
Trailhead: Follow I-5 to Genesee Ave and go West. Drive just under a mile uphill and turn right onto Torrey Pines Road. The park entrance is 3 miles ahead on the left. Parking for the Beach Trail/Broken Hill Trail loop is at the visitors center at the top of the hill (Lat:32.9193 Lon:-117.2523)
Trail Guides for Beach and Broken Hill trail(s) Loop:
Best Easy DayHikes San Diego
by Sean OBrien (Falcon)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: 858-755-2063
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joe Cross, who has posted 56 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by CSG on 8/29/2005
All of the Torrey Pines trails are more of a walking path than a hike but they are still fun and if you keep up the pace a good workout. I was dissappointed that the Beach trail was closed. Evidently due to some unstable ground. The rest of the trails however were open and we spent a few hours meandering around and stopping occasionally to take in the view from the viewpoints overlooking the ocean. The most challenging trail was probably Parry's Loop as it begins and ends with a significant decline/incline. I would definately recommend it as a fun way to spend 3-4 hours.
Reviewed by Jim on 7/19/2005
The hike is O.K., but the beach at the bottom is beautiful and not cluttered with a lot of tourists. Definitely check this on out and bring a camera!
Reviewed by Jesse on 4/8/2005
Beautiful but short hikes- another great place to take tourists. The dramatic cliffs, fragrant coastal sage and breathtaking views of the pacific are all a must see for out-of-towners.
Reviewed by E.R on 7/5/2004
This is a great for strolling and for views of the beach. Not a good place to do any serious hiking. There are MANY tourists here for a good reason: most hikes are simply looped trails. The beach trail fairs a little better but isn't very challenging. This should be downgraded to an easy hike rather than moderate.
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