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Torrey Pines Hike

Torrey Pines Hike

This Torrey Pines hike takes you to the best of the park - rare Torrey Pines, ocean views, and unique geology. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of those once in a lifetime destinations, I highly recommend this hike!

Rating:
5 / 5
Distance:
3.3 miles (5.3 km)
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
540 ft (165 m)
Trail Condition:
Marked trails
Challenges:
Crowds
People:
Crowds
Known For:
Ocean views, rare pines, unique geology
Best Time:
Early morning
Dogs:
No
Bathrooms:
Yes
Parking:
Fee
Weather:

Torrey Pines Hike Trail Maps

Use this address in Google Maps to get to the trailhead:
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA, 92037, USA

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is in La Jolla, about 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is in La Jolla, about 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego.

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.

Interactive Map

Torrey Pines Hike Map Downloads

hiking map on garmin fenix 3

If you have GPS device (I use this one by Garmin and I love it) for your hike, load the GPX file below into your device to navigate the hike. For help on loading the GPX file, read this article on converting and transferring to a Garmin GPS.

Also, don’t rely on electronics as your sole means of navigation. There’s a basic printable PDF map below, and I strongly picking up a good topo map too.

View a Printable PDF Hike MapDownload the Hike GPX File

Torrey Pines Hike Directions

Torrey Pines Hike

What to Expect

Turn by Turn Directions

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.
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.

A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.

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