Torrey Pines Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||3.3 miles (5.3 km)|
|Hike Time||2 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||500 feet (152m)|
|Highest Elevation||396 feet (121m)|
|Park Contact||Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve|
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.
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.
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.
Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.
Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.
This is a super-light and comfortable backpack that can hold everything you need on a hike, including a hydration bladder. It also works great as a general backpack or carry-on.
Make your photos stand out by using this lightweight, do-anything tripod. The Joby attaches your smartphone to trees, rocks, whatever you can find on the trail. Folds down compactly too.
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* No company pays me to promote or push a product, all the gear you see here is gear I use and recommend. If you click an REI link and buy gear, I get a small commission that helps offset website expenses. There is no cost to you.
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