Summary: This hike can be taken in conjunction with the Razor Point Trail, because the trailhead is the same, so if you are looking for a bit of a longer hike in Torrey Pines State Reserve, you might want to do just that.
However, this hike has its own share of natural beauty and even though it is short, easy, and has barely any elevation change, this hike should be taken on its own merits. You can even continue down to the beach from this trail, which is the only trail in the Park that has beach access, unless you take the road.
You will see lots of wildlife, plants, and of course the wonderful and rare Torrey Pines before you get to the overlook. Take your time, smell the flowers, spend at least half a day here. Enjoy the breeze and your time away from the city.
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 near the visitor center - follow the road south to the other parking lot and follow the trail behind the bathrooms (Lat:32.92295 Lon:-117.25543)
Trail Guides for Torrey Pines - Yucca Point:
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 Von~~ on 10/15/2009
usually ill combined all the trails in Torrey pine for a good work out each trail isdifferent but blows your mind away everytime the sun is setting or its raining~~
Reviewed by Viewer on 6/28/2009
The trail is open again. Apparently it just opened a week ago. This is a nice, easy, well-maintained trail that also hooks up with 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 Trail and Northern Fork Trail. It sounds long but it only took us a little more than an hour.
Reviewed by LBS on 11/18/2008
This trail is presently closed for repairs to erosion damage. I would call the reserve at (858) 755-2063 before planning to hike it. However, the Beach Trail and other trails in the reserve are open and in great shape.
Reviewed by WGZ on 3/29/2008
I took the beach trail, which was recently re-opened, and it was a great little hike. The hike is through the regular San Diego shrubbery, but with an ocean view. Took about an hour to walk from the East parking lot, up the trail, down the beach, and back to the parking lot.
Reviewed by chas on 10/28/2006
nice walk would and will take out of town visitors to see the great view well maintained and cold connect to other trails in area you could do all trails in a morning or afternoon walk with leisure
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