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Welcome to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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.


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Closing Time

The Reserve closes at approximately sunset.  Gates now close at 8 PM.   ALL vehicles must leave by the closing time each day.



  * No food or drink, except water, is allowed in the Reserve above the beach.

  * 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.

  * PRESERVE THE RESERVE and stay on trail.


Jr Rangers Summer Program

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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

Parking is handled by concessionaire, LAZ.  Variable fee structures apply on holidays and weekends.

Basic info is here.


Basic trail map click here


Lagoon Bridge Replacement to Begin Jan 2015

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Changes at Torrey Pines Entrance Road

Improvements and signage will help keep hikers, bikers, and vehicles separate

This 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.

The 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:

  Trail improvements immediately adjacent to the paved road

  Signage 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)

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Trail Status:

Trail improvements-ADA compliance upgrades: Completed!

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 map here.

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 alternative route.

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.




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Updated 06/05/2015

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