Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
I'm a big fan of hiking...I'm also a big fan of the ocean. It's pretty rare (okay, never) that I can combine two of my favorite things. My favorite hikes generally lie inland (or in landlocked states) - located in mountains, valleys, woods...and never near salty air and calming waves.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to hike at Torrey Pines, but wasn't able to make it. I was bummed - I wanted to explore a new place in San Diego! So, last weekend, I finally made it to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for a nice hike.
Torrey Pines is a beautiful area - trails & beach (and a golf course if you are into that) - nestled between La Jolla and Del Mar on the 101.
Trails into the reserve begin just next to the beach and continued through canyons and hills. Trails range from short (.25 miles) to a bit longer (1 mile), so you are able to traverse a few at a time.
My favorite part about this area? Throughout every trail, you have a view of the ocean! It was absolutely beautiful standing on dusty cliffs watching the sunset across the Pacific. I finally got to experience two of my favorite things at once!
Tips for Hiking at Torrey Pines:
- There's a lot for parking, but entry runs anywhere from $12-15 (dependent on season). However, if you travel North, there's tons of street parking lining the beach! This street parking can get pretty full, but it's definitely worth trying to snag a spot here before paying!
- Follow the dirt path that follows the road up a hill. Trails extend from this main road. We too the Guy Fleming Trail, Razor Point Trail, and Beach Trail! All were fairly quick, but had beautiful views - red rock, pretty sage brush, wave-carved cliffs, and of course, the ocean.
- The reserve closes at dark, so make sure to get there with plenty of time to walk around before the sun goes down! It gets dark quickly once the sun starts to set. That being said - watching the sunset from this area was one of the most stunning things I've ever seen!
- Bring a camera - way too pretty! I wish I had my Nikon with me.
- Don't expect the hardest and most challenging hike. Most of the trails are pretty short, and though they include hills, the trails were easy on a difficulty scale. However, I can imagine this as a great place to put in some great trail run workouts!
Though the trails were less challenging than expected, I had a wonderful time traversing the trails and breathing in that salty ocean air. Not to mention, it's a wonderful break from urban life.
Check it out!