Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego

4.8
#1 of 509 in Wildlife in California
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · State Park
Create an itinerary including Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
3,773 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
Google
  • 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!
  • A beautiful place to hike several trails on the cliffs above the beach, take photos at high points overlooking the ocean and enjoy the seashore. Parking is $25, with lots by the beach and by the visitor center. The visitor center is currently closed (as of 4/9/21). Portable restrooms are located across the road from the visitor center. Many wheelchair accessible trails are available. If you choose to spend extended time at the beach, bring chairs because there are more rocks than sand near the shore. The rocks are smooth, however, and easy to walk on with shoes.

Plan your trip to San Diego

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.