Postcards from Torrey Pines
A must do every time I’m in San Diego is hike through Torrey Pines and check out the spectacular view. Here are my Postcards from Torrey Pines.
One of my favorite things to do in San Diego is to head to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for a hike and a swim.
Torrey Pines is a costal state park located in La Jolla, San Diego. The 2,000 acres of park is made up of cliffs, mountains and bush, with scenic hiking trails throughout. While the leafy trails themselves are pretty, the view from the cliffs are nothing short of spectacular. From the lookouts dotted along the trail, you can see La Jolla to the south and Del Mar to the north.
There is a small car park at the entrance to the park, but you better get in quick as Torrey Pines is a hot spot and is always busy. If you can’t find a park there then you might just have to find one along the beach.
To get to the start of the park you have to go up this fairly steep hill which, in my opinion, is the hardest part. Once up the top you’ll be surrounded by beautiful bush and will get to pick from the different trails.
There are three main trails for walkers to chose from:
The Guy Fleming Trail is 0.7 miles and is the easiest trail in the park. A great one for beginner’s.
The Razor Point Trail is a 1.4-mile return trip past ravines. It too has a view of the ocean.
The Beach Trail which is a quarter mile walk that leads down to the Torrey Pines State Beach. The walk down doesn’t have the same views but once you reach the bottom you’re on the beautiful beach.
The Guy Fleming Trail is my favorite and what should be a relatively quick hike usually takes a lot longer as I can’t stop taking photos along the way.
Along with a ton of cacti, you may spot rabbits, squirrels and raccoons and, if you’re unlucky like me, you may hear that familiar and eery sound of a rattlesnake. Worries of snakes quickly disappear when you catch a glimpse at that incredible view.
So the next time you visit San Diego you must visit Torrey Pines. Be sure to let me know when you’re in town and I’ll come join you!