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 had read so much about the Guy Fleming Trail that it became a "must" for us. No disappointments there. Great views while strolling through a number of different habitats: scrub, chaparral, and... 
    I had read so much about the Guy Fleming Trail that it became a "must" for us. No disappointments there. Great views while strolling through a number of different habitats: scrub, chaparral, and...  more »
  • Lots of scenery and views of the ocean. The hikes range from easy walking to some difficult terrain. Come prepared with good boots and water bottles. You will be glad you did. 
    Lots of scenery and views of the ocean. The hikes range from easy walking to some difficult terrain. Come prepared with good boots and water bottles. You will be glad you did.  more »
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  • 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.

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