We are blessed with a natural wonder that exists no where else in the world – a rare forest of Torrey Pine trees (the only one outside of Germany) combined with California-style red cliffs and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. It will require many fun trips to Torrey Pines State Reserve to take it all in.  If you enjoy hiking then consider it a San Diego rite of passage to eventually walk all the beautiful and unique trails.


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Itʼs a $12 fee per car to park in the parking lots on the reserve, either in the lot down at sea level, or up in the reserve itself. Remember that the parking fee helps maintain the park.

Just before you enter the park at sea level, you’ll notice lots of cars parked for free along the main road.

Keep in mind that whether you park for free on North Torrey Pines Road, or in the $12 lot below at sea level, it’s a 400 foot hike up the hill to get to the top. It’s a great workout and so beautiful.

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Timing • Hours • Cost

Torrey Pines State Reserve is open daily from 7:15 AM to dusk (immediately after sunset).

Lay Of The Land


  • Jacket
  • Grippy shoes
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Snacks you can carry in your backpack/day pack (Picnic style food isn’t allowed in the nature reserve, but it never hurts to have something on hand for when you get back to the car)
Pairs With

Cliff Hanger café (open daily 11am – 4pm)

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