Hiking through Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

Hiking through Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines is a natural reserve, meaning it’s dedicated to preserving local endangered flora- namely its namesake the torrey pine tree.

But, their official website has all the official information you’ll need (you know what they say about going to primary sources for information). Instead if you’re considering a trip, here’s a photo tour of the hike to encourage you to go!

Hiking these San Diego trails was different from any other place I had previously been as we were in a drier climate right by the ocean, with jagged cliffs, sand swept canyons, and dramatic coastline- giving it more of rugged, otherworldly feel.

Anyway, we started our hike from the top of the mountain (hill?), and there were several trails downward.

beach trail sign hiking in torrey pines

Since we started at the top, we could already see the dramatic views.

view point in torrey pinesview point in torrey pines

But, hard as it is to choose from so many gorgeous vantage points, my favorite was once we got down to the beach. Being so close to the layered cliffs made me feel like I was on another planet. Hearing the swell of the waves with the less trafficked coast made this area peaceful in ways only the ocean can support.

beach in torrey pines

cliffs in torrey pines

beach and cliffs in torrey pines

We walked along the beach path for a mile or so to the lower parking lot. One thing I forgot to mention is the plants are gorgeous. Drier climates are generally harder for wildlife to survive, right? Well not for these beautiful, resilient, flowering cacti.

cacti in torrey pines

flowering cacti in torrey pines

flowering cacti in torrey pines

After the hike back to the upper parking lot, we were ready for a burger. But, there are six different trails in Torrey Pines! Since we had only walked through a few, expect more pictures in the future.


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  1. BaZoooooot24
    May 23, 2018 / 9:40 am

    This is awesome, I can’t wait to see more posts about hikes in San Diego!

    Thanks for another amazing post!

    • Angelica
      May 23, 2018 / 10:56 am

      There will be a lot more – my boyfriend and I love doing this stuff!

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