Torrey Pines Hike

Torrey Pines Hike

In This Guide
  • 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)
DifficultyEasy
Total Ascent (?)500 feet (152m)
Highest Elevation396 feet (121m)
Dog FriendlyNo
Park ContactTorrey 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.

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*.

La Sportiva Spire

La Sportiva Spire GTX

Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.

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Rei Flash 22

REI Flash 22 Pack

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.

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Joby On Triee

Joby Smartphone Tripod

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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Torrey Pines Hike Trail Maps

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Here’s what I use to navigate my hikes. I recommend a combination of paper and electronic options with backups.

Gaiagps

Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS is a planning and navigation tool that you can use on your phone, tablet, and the web. I use it on my phone when I need to interact with the map and know where my position is on it. I use it at home on the computer to plan routes. You can overlay maps such as public lands to find out free places to camp. It’s a powerful tool.

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Fenix Nav

Garmin Fenix Watch

This thing does everything: maps, GPX tracks, compass, barometer, altitude, heart rate, blood oxygen, fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and the list goes on. I keep a GPX route on the watch so I can quickly glance down and make sure I’m in the right place.

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Topo Map

Topo Maps & Guide Books

Don’t be caught out if your batteries die. Take a topo map with you on the trail. Some people also print my guides out for use on the hike.

I also highly recommend taking a map and compass navigation course. It’s a few hours, it’s fun, and it could save your life.

Map and Compass Navigation Basics Classes

Don’t just rely on a cell phone, especially if you are hiking in the backcountry.

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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