• Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve - San Diego, California

      Hike eight miles of trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You might spot dolphin or feeding whales! Descend from the cliffs to the beach and stand on Flattop Rock at low tide or hike to the north entrance along the ocean's edge. Torrey pines - twisted and gnarled from constant wind - are rare, growing only here and on Santa Rosa Island. Stop in the visitor center to learn more about the history and the native peoples who lived here long ago as well as see specimens of local wildlife and birds.

      If you go:
      Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego. From Hwy 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles till you reach the Coast Highway 101. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on your right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade. You can park at the beach or drive up and park at the visitor center. Fee per car. Display permit on dashboard. Gates open at 07:15 am and close at Sunset. The Visitor Center opens daily at 10:00AM. The reserve is a day-use park only. There is no overnight camping at this facility. No food except on the beach. Only working service dogs allowed.


      12600 North Torrey Pines Road
      San Diego, California 92037 USA

      Mailing address:
      Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
      California State Parks San Diego Coast District North Sector
      2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
      Carlsbad, CA 92009 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Park office
      +1 (858) 755-2063

      Comments 2 Comments
      1. DonnaR57's Avatar
        DonnaR57 -
        Just be careful about wandering down the beach TOO far, if you're the bashful sort. The Torrey Pines City Beach, AKA Black's Beach, is the neighboring beach. (Um....clothing optional....)
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        That just one of the scenic views!