Torrey Pines Hike

Torrey Pines Hike

In This Guide
  • How to Get to Torrey Pines
  • Torrey Pines Trail Maps
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions
  • What You Need To Do the Hike
Distance3.3 miles (5.3 km)
Time2 Hours (Total Time)
DifficultyEasy
Total Climbing540 feet (165m)
Dog FriendlyNo
Park NameTorrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Park Phone858-755-2063

This Torrey Pines hike takes you to the best of the park – you experience get great ocean views, hike through unique geological formations, get a glimpse of the world-famous golf course, hike on an antique version of the Pacific Coast Highway, and of course, get see the Torrey Pine. The Torrey Pine is the rarest pine tree in the United States and is an endangered species. You can only see them here and on the Channel Islands. As you’re hiking Torrey Pines, remember that the environment is fragile, so please stay on the trail. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of those once in a lifetime destinations, I highly recommend this hike!

How to Get To the Torrey Pines Hike

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is very popular, get here early to beat the crowds. If it’s after 8am, you might have a hard time finding a parking space.

Use this address to get to Torrey Pines: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA, 92037, USA.

To park, drive up past the entrance gate, go up the hill, and enter the first parking area on your right, just past the visitors center on the left.

Torrey Pines Hike parking
After entering the park gate, drive up the narrow road to the visitors center. The parking area for the hike is up the hill on the right.

The Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve Visitor’s Center, in the parking lot across from the hike lot, is worth a look.

There are bathrooms at the parking area and Visitor’s Center

Gear for the Hike

You don’t need any special hiking gear for Torrey Pines, you can get away with workout clothes. Here’s what I would recommend:

If you’re thinking of swimming, the hike does go down to the beach at one point. If you’re not from the area, you might not know that the Pacific Ocean is usually pretty cold. You can take a dip if you hike in a bathing suit, but it’ll be chilly.

My Top Gear Picks

Garmin inreach review

Do you have the right hiking gear? Will it stand up to the test? I waste lots of money testing hiking gear every year so that you don’t have to. My gear picks are solid choices that will serve you well on the trail. I don’t do sponsored or paid reviews, I just the share actual gear that I use all the time that’s made the cut. Here are my top picks:

  1. Garmin InReach Mini Emergency Beacon – Hiking out of cell phone range? Make sure you have one of these two-way satellite texting devices in case your hike doesn’t go as planned. You can read my full review here.
  2. Injinji Sock Liners With Darn Tough Hiking Socks – This combo is a great way to avoid blisters out on the trail. I have some insider-hiking tips for avoiding blisters here. Pair them with modern, high-tech hiking boots (for women and men) and your feet with thank you.
  3. Garmin Fenix 5x Plus – It’s a little pricey, but man do I love this thing. Not only does it have all the topo maps and navigation tools on my wrist, but it also acts as a long battery life, rugged, outdoors version of an Apple Watch. Track your workouts, sleep, heart rate, all that stuff.

I have lots of other great, sponsor-free, trail tested gear picks on my “best gear” page.

See My Full Gear List

Torrey Pines Hike Trail Maps

Fenix 5x Hiking Review

I highly recommend bringing a good paper map with you, and then using it in conjunction with a GPS device. You can see the navigation gear that I use here (I’m currently using the Fenix 5x Plus and love it). Just download the GPX file below and load it onto your GPS.

Many people also print out this web page for the turn-by-turn images. And if you really want to get tricky, YouTube Premium lets you download videos for offline use, so you can download the hike video and save it.

Download the Hike GPX File

View a Printable PDF Hike Map

Torrey Pines Hike 3d map
The hike hits all of the overlooks in Torrey Pines Park, then heads down to the beach. From the beach, it climbs back up and to the trailhead.
Torrey Pines Hike elevation
The hike meanders down to the ocean, then climbs back up to Torrey Pines Park Rd.

Torrey Pines Hike Directions

Torrey Pines Hike board
Before starting the Torrey Pines hike, check out the hike board for any closures or park information.
Torrey Pines hiking trail
At about 0.1 miles, the trail forks, hike to the right.
Torrey Pines hiking trail split
At about 0.2 miles, the trail splits. Hike to right to check out the nice ocean and park view.
Torrey Pines Hike overlook
There’s a fence at the overlook and you’ll see a trail below, don’t hike down there. Turn back and hike to the last fork.
Torrey Pines Hike stairs
Hike up the trail to Red Butte, which has some nice views of the entire park
Torrey Pines hiking trail
Check out Red Butte, and then hike down the other side as the trail continues.
Torrey Pines hiking trail
At about 0.3 miles, hike to the right.
Torrey Pines Hike switchback
here’s a switchback, keep hiking straight (the left trail cuts off the switchback and ends up in the same place).
Torrey Pines hiking trail
At 0.5 miles, hike to the right and walk down to Razor Point Overlook.
Razor Point
Soak in the ocean views at Razor Point, then hike back the way you came.
Torrey Pines hiking trail junction
Hike to the right back at the trail junction.
Torrey Pines Hike ocean views
The ocean views are great as you continue.
Yucca Point Overview trail
At 0.9 miles, hike to the right on the trail to Yucca Point Overview.
Yucca Point Overview
Yucca Point Overlook has some nice ocean views, take it in, turn around and hike back.
Torrey Pines hiking trail
Back at the intersection, hike to the right.
Beach Trail sign
You’ll see a sign for the Beach Trail, hike straight on the Beach Trail.
slot canyon to the beach
At about 1.3 miles, head right and hike down through the little slot canyon to the beach.
torrey pines beach
The trail to the beach heads through the sandstone cliffs. Explore the beach and then head back to the last trail junction.
Torrey Pines hiking trail
Back the trail junction, hike to the right up the stairs. You’ll climb up for a while on the trail.
Torrey Pines hiking trail
At about 2 miles, hike to the right at the fork.
Broken Hill Overlook trail
After that it’s a quick right to Broken Hill Overlook trail.
Broken Hill Overlook
Hike straight down the trail to Broken Hill Overlook. This overlook has the least crowds and might be the most spectacular. We saved the best for last.
Torrey Pines hiking trail
Hike back to the junction and make the right.
Torrey Pines Golf Course
As the trail climbs up, you’ll see the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course off to the right.
 San Diego to Los Angeles road
At about 2.7 miles, you’ll reach the old San Diego to Los Angeles road. Hike to the left to walk back to the parking lot.
Torrey Pines hiking trail
The old road goes along the ridge int he park. To your right will be nice views of northern San Diego. There are interesting information placards along the way.
Torrey Pines Hike ends
Eventually you’ll reach the end of the hike at parking lot where you started on the left.

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