Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Must-do coastal hike offering incomparable views
One of the most rugged and unspoiled areas of San Diego, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is home to the nation’s rarest pine tree, the Torrey Pine. These beautiful trees are scattered along the jagged cliffs and deep ravines that lead down to pristine Torrey Pines Beach.
Follow Torrey Pines Park Road to be connected to a series of winding trails through otherworldly scenery and ocean panoramas. In the spring, you’re likely to see colorful wildflowers dotting the cliffs as well.
This is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego, and as such, parking fills up quickly. Come early to increase your chances of finding a spot. General admission day use fee is $10-$25 per vehicle.
A note about safety: Always stay away from the bottom of the cliffs, as they can collapse without warning. Also, keep your eyes peeled from rattlesnakes – turn back and notify a park employee if you see one.