Hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve

Hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve

Torrey Pines State Reserve is an easy, 5-mile hike that features rare and bright pines, rocky, red cliffs, and ends with a walk along a gorgeous beach.

I hiked Torrey Pines State Reserve with some coworkers the weekend before my social media fast. Also, it was my first hike after our Hawaii vacation, so my expectations were high. Once we parked and walked up Torrey Pines Road and then up Torrey Pines Park Road, the bright, blue-green ocean immediately reminded me of our stay on Maui.

The first mile to a mile and a half (depending on where you park on the street) is all up hill on a paved path. Once you reach the top you are welcomed by a sprawl of Torrey Pines, a tree not found anywhere else in the world, perched alongside craggy, beachside cliffs. Since it is a natural reserve, not a park, the area is very pristine and there are strict rules on not bringing in food or drink (besides water) as well as a limit of groups without a permit. There are a number of trails to hike in the reserve, but we chose to hike down Razor Point Trail which eventually leads into Beach Trail.

What I loved most about the trail was the stunning contrast of colors: the red dirt and layered cliffs set against the thick, green trees and, all the while, a peaceful sea sitting in the background. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky on our hike and I could not stop staring, in awe, at the raw, natural beauty that surrounded us. Out of all the views on our hike in Torrey Pines State Reserve, the best was from the overlook on Razor Point Trail.

Torrey Pines State Beach

Instead of hiking back the way we came, we took Beach Trail all the way down to Torrey Pine State Beach. At the bottom of the trail, there is a large and very slippery rock you can step on to get up close and personal with the waves and sand crabs skittering across the foaming water. After we stepped off of the rock, we slipped off our hiking boots and walked barefoot along the sand all the way back to Torrey Pines Park Road. On our way back to Orange County, we stopped at The Bier Garden in Encinitas for some lunch and to soak up a little more of that San Diego sunshine before our journey back.

Torrey Pines State Reserve was my first hike in San Diego and I can’t wait to discover more of its gorgeous trails!

Did you hike Torrey Pines State Reserve? If so, I would love to hear your comments below!

In Love, Peace, and Hiking ~ xo


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