Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within San Diego city limits and yet remains one of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California coast! Because of the efforts and foresight of the people in this area, 2000 acres of land are as they were before San Diego was developed -with the chaparral plant community, the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. One can imagine what California must have looked like to the early settlers, or to the Spanish explorers, or even to the first California residents here, the Kumeyaay people.
There are 8 miles of trails, a visitor center, and guided nature walks on weekends and holidays.
Torrey Pines is visited by travelers from all over the world and by local residents who come daily to rest at the stunning overlooks, walk a peaceful trail, or exercise in a clean, beautiful environment. Spend some time at this web site, then come spend some time at beautiful Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Special care has been taken to preserve it and keep it for now and forever.
For example, see Rules below.
The Reserve closes at
approximately sunset. Gates now close at 5 PM. ALL vehicles must leave by the closing time each day.
* No food or drink, except water, is allowed in the Reserve above the
* Dogs are not permitted anywhere.
* There is now a "Pack it in-pack it
out" policy in the upper Reserve
area most trash cans have been removed, but trash/recycling receptacles and dumpsters are still
available in the beach area.
Annual passes are now for sale
at Torrey Pines with expanded hours. Sale hours will increase seasonally with
minimum hours of 9 am-4 pm daily. Passes are also included with Torrey Pines
Association membership http://torreypines.org/
Parking is now handled by
concessionaire, LAZ. Variable fee structures apply on holidays and
signage will help keep hikers, bikers, and vehicles separate
busy and popular route is shared by hikers, runners, parents with baby
strollers, bike riders and vehicles driven by the general public. The historic
nature of the old highway surface and critically sensitive environmental and
cultural concerns prevent us from making dramatic physical widening of the route
to provide more space for all user groups.
great popularity of the park has caused many potential conflicts among these
different users as they travel up and down the hill. To reduce the potential
for these conflicts, California State Parks is initiating a variety of measures
that will help keep hikers, bikers and vehicles separate from each other. These
new measures include:
improvements immediately adjacent to the paved road
to direct pedestrians to stay off the road and stay on hiking paths
·Fencing to clearly delineate appropriate routes of travel
·A prohibition against riding bicycles down the hill (the steep hill
promotes excessive speed)
This project upgraded 3,825 feet of existing trails to make them more accessible to persons
with disabilities. The upgrades provide access for people with
disabilities to the Whitaker Garden Overlook, West Overlook, Discovery Trail and
a new overlook on the South Fork Broken Hill Trail. View the
Trail repair is
ongoing on the Broken Hill Trail. The trail will remain open during erosion
repairs, but be cautious of the unstable footing. The Beach Trail is an
Parry Grove Trail
has been closed due to unsafe conditions. Due to a generous donation from a
member of the Torrey Pines Association,
repair work is well underway and it should be completed in early 2015.
Temporary rain closures:
The Broken Hill and
Beach Trail systems will always be closed in the event of rain and for at least
24 hours following the rain. The closure time varies based on the amount and
duration of the rainfall. Additional trails may be closed as necessary. Due to
the unstable nature of the Reserve soils, closures help prevent significant
damage to the trail surface and reduce the amount of repair work required. Help
us protect the Reserve by observing posted trail closures.