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. Think of it as a fun project to eventually walk all the beautiful and unique trails.
Essentials: The State Reserve consists of more than 8 trails you can explore across many visits. The experience is anywhere from a romantic sunset with a special someone to an aerobic workout in high nature with over 300 species of plants.
Lay Of The Land Video: Please watch the one-minute video we’ve created (full-screen) that quickly gives you a great perspective of the trails in the park. It quickly makes it all seem so accessible.
Mark’s Advice: Start off by taking it easy and paying the $12 fee to park in the main lot in the middle of the park and try either the Guy Fleming Loop or the Razor Point Trail. This will give you a good sense of how big the park is and the time and effort it will take. Then come back another time and try the next trail that interests you. Graduate to spending a couple hours taking the Beach Trail down to the beach and hanging out for a bit before the trek back – a 400 foot descent and ascent. Be sure to check the tide times!
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 road to get to the top. It’s a great workout and so beautiful.
Torrey Pines State Reserve is open daily from 7:15 AM to dusk (immediately after sunset).