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A unique coastal route which loops through the reserve trails, down to the beach and back.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Loop

333' 102 m

High

4' 1 m

Low

329' 100 m

Up

330' 100 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Family Friendly A relatively easy route with trails that are well marked and easy to follow. And what family outing in southern California is complete without some part of it involving the beach??

Overview

The semi-steep hike up the road is just a means to an end. Once you get to the top, the trails have beautiful views of the reserve and high, vast views of the ocean. Take your time and explore the offshoots that lead to scenic viewpoints and of course the rare Torrey Pines that have made this area famous.

Need to Know

The trail can get quite busy on the weekends and many of the trails in the reserve are singletrack, and can be a tight squeeze when encountering opposing traffic. Also, the trail is quite exposed so on hot days; you'll enjoy it more if you choose to take this trail early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Description

Start by parking in the lot, then work your way up the road into the reserve. Follow the Beach Trail that leads you back down to the beach, exploring little offshoots along the way. It's an easy trail with just a couple of spots that you need to be careful at - mainly at the stairway at the bottom where the trail drops down onto the beach. From that point, it's just a beautiful hike along the beach back to the lot where you started.

Flora & Fauna

Rare Torrey Pines, and lots of scrub oak and other native foliage.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steve Skinner

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  4.3 from 40 votes

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The area of the beach that the Torrey Pines State Reserve trails lead to...
Oct 24, 2016 near Del Mar, CA
Beautiful no matter the weather.
Oct 13, 2020 near Del Mar, CA
San Diego Torrey Pine Park
Aug 11, 2019 near Del Mar, CA
A view from the trails in Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Oct 24, 2016 near Del Mar, CA
The cliff views from the beach walk back to the lot.
Oct 24, 2016 near Del Mar, CA
View from Yucca Point
Aug 16, 2019 near Del Mar, CA

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Mar 16, 2024
Samantha Shieh
Feb 20, 2024
Manoj Abey
2.4mi — 1h 30m
Feb 13, 2024
David Scott
Jan 26, 2024
Quinn Hahs
Sep 20, 2023
Maggie Hohle
We should've checked the tide! High tide meant there was no beach to speak of when we arrived at the top of the stairs… but it was gorgeous. 3.6mi — 1h 18m
Apr 4, 2023
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Jul 2, 2022
Kate Fuller
May 14, 2022
Rami Schmittendorf
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