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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

North Torrey Pines Roa, San Diego, California 92037 USA

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Opens Tue 9a
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“A wilderness island in an urban sea”

State Natural Reserves have outstanding or unusual natural or scenic values. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a wilderness island in an urban sea. This fragile environment is the home of our nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana. Once this tree covered a larger area. It now grows only here and on Santa Rosa Island off the coast near Santa Barbara. The park preserves not only the trees, but also one of the last salt marshes and waterfowl refuges in Southern California. The reserve features high broken cliffs and deep ravines on headlands overlooking the ocean. Hikers can follow trails through stands of wind-sculpted pines. A picturesque, pueblo-style structure that served as a restaurant when it was built in 1923 houses the visitor center, featuring interpretive displays. Picnicking and camping are prohibited in the reserve. The reserve's rich plant community features wildflowers in the spring and visitors can see the California quail gathered in coveys in the early mornings of fall and winter. 

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Reviewed by
big_john

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  • 50 Helpful
October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is the perfect combination of sea and mountains!! You can hike on the rocky environment, having the beauty of the sea beneath your feet!

Nature surrounds you and everything seems like its driven out from a fairy tale.

Truly, this place looks different from any you have seen by now.

We all loved hiking there and the trees are beautiful to see from close.

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Lesli Peterson

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May 24, 2022
Rated 5.0

The endangered Torrey pine tree doesn’t grow everywhere. With San Diego County being one of the only places in the world to see them, these wind-bent trees are a spectacle to see at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Hiking is one of the best things to do in Torrey Pines State Reserve. Lace up your hiking boots for a series of moderate hikes, like the Broken Hill Trail, Razor Point Trail, and Yucca Point Trail. Wind through the California sagebrush and chaparral on the pine-scented trails to reach viewpoints atop coastal bluffs, where you’ll see expansive views of the shoreline’s beaches.

We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in La Jolla!

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Reviewed by
alyciaiscool

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  • 0 Helpful
August 16, 2019

Beautiful place but it is not free . 20$ for entrance

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Reviewed by
Cynthia

  • 16 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 01, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great place to hike! Beautiful views and well marked trails! Loved it!

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

North Torrey Pines Roa
San Diego, California
92037 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 am

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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