Torrey Pines Hike

Torrey Pines Hike

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  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions
  • Torrey Pines Trail Maps
  • How to Get to Torrey Pines
Distance3.3 miles (5.3 km)
Hike Time2 Hours (Total)
Difficulty (?)Easy
Total Ascent (?)500 feet (152m)
Highest Elevation396 feet (121m)
Dog FriendlyNo
Park WebsiteTorrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Park Phone858-755-2063
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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.

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.

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Torrey Pines Hike Trail Maps

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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

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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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