Torrey Pines Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||3.3 miles (5.3 km)|
|Time||2 Hours (Total Time)|
|Total Climbing||540 feet (165m)|
|Park Name||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. Here’s what I would recommend:
- Trail runners
- Water and daypack
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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 Directions
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