Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Located between the San Diego suburbs of La Jolla and Del Mar, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is easy to visit on a day out along the coast. Get there on your own, and hike or wander to your heart’s content. Alternatively, opt for a guided group or private tour that stops at the reserve. Torrey Pines Golf Course and Torrey Pines State Beach both border the reserve and offer additional opportunities for outdoor activity.
Things to Know Before You Go
A day-use fee per vehicle or a California state parks pass is required to enter the reserve.
Picnicking and camping aren’t allowed, and nothing except water can be taken into the reserve above the beach.
How to Get There
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is 16 miles (25 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego via Interstate 5. The reserve has two parking lots: South Beach (usually more crowded) and North Beach.
When to Get There
The reserve and visitor center are open year-round, every day until sunset. Midmorning to early afternoon tends to be the busiest time.
Consider popping up to Del Mar, an affluent seaside community. Refuel after your Torrey Pines hike at one of the eateries at Del Mar Plaza—or visit Seagrove Park and browse the city’s galleries and boutiques.
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