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Torrey Pines State Reserve Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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 33 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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Oct 3, 2020
Michelle A
Aug 30, 2020
Ivan Vo
Feb 1, 2020
Ryley Anderson
Jan 25, 2020
Emily Boyer
Jan 5, 2020
Marysol OB
Dec 18, 2019
Justin Carlisle
Nov 18, 2019
Lauren P
Started at the Hilton hotel and took the opposite direction 4.5mi — 1h 25m
Oct 19, 2019
Andrew Dalager
2.4mi