Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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The 809 hectares (2,000 acres) of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve make up one of the wildest stretches of land on the southern Californian coast. The state park offers eight different trails so you can choose the length, difficulty, and scenery that suit you best. For the most diverse scenery, take the Guy Fleming trail, the easiest of the eight. Animal lovers can look for bobcats, foxes, rabbits, and even whales off the coast in some seasons. To enjoy a picnic, you need to head to the beach below via the beach trail because the park forbids food and drink other than water. Bring plenty of water with you; you cannot buy any here. Plan my day in San Diego using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • I'm not a hiker, but I loved the Guy Fleming Trail. It was the highlight of the trip. The views can't be beat! 
    I'm not a hiker, but I loved the Guy Fleming Trail. It was the highlight of the trip. The views can't be beat!  more »
  • If you like to hike, you have to hike at Torrey Pines! Go on a clear day when you can see the beautiful ocean from the top of the cliffs. I once even saw a beached whale. It gets busy on weekends.....  more
    If you like to hike, you have to hike at Torrey Pines! Go on a clear day when you can see the beautiful ocean from the top of the cliffs. I once even saw a beached whale. It gets busy on weekends.....  more »
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  • Stopped by on my way to Del Mar since people recommend this place, and wanted to switch it up. Parking - Horrible as the place can get full easily and lines to get in back up pretty long. The employees here are slow also and take forever to make the transaction. Hike/Trail - When you park on top of the hill they have park workers at the booth to answer any questions, also place is actually really nice as its not too difficult and they have a couple trails to choose from. During and when you get to the spot it's amazing ocean views and hill views. Historic Building - They also have a small visitor center and the lady working here is so sweet, nice and helpful. They have a movie room, items for sale, displays, and outside area with great views. Overall it was a good experience, kinda hot day but all worth it. Would consider coming back and would recommend it.
  • Beautiful! Not crowded but lots of people. Plenty of space!! Our life guard tower was only staffed 3 to 4 hours (which was surprising although it was a Thurs in July) I don't know what is typical. It was cold and overcast most of the 6 hours we were all there. There is a foot shower only, outside the restrooms. (South beach) Sufficient for our needs but with young children!!! a shower is helpful!

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