Trees & ocean

Trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Hikers are advised to bring and carry their own water on the trails, especially in the summertime. There are some water fountains near the road, but there is no place in the park to buy food or drink. Food and drink (other than water) are not permitted in the Reserve.

Guy Fleming Trail -2/3 mile loop

Easiest, relatively level, forested. nature markers. Diverse scenery, ocean vistas, sandstone formations. spring wildflowers, drinking water, parking. In winter you may see Gray Whales, and with luck, you may see bottlenose dolphins any time. More on the Guy Fleming Trail

Guy Fleming Trail


Parry Grove Trail - 1/2 mile loop

Secluded. Steep entry/exit (100 steps). Drought and Bark Beetle Infestation have devastated this grove, but it is recovering. Native plant garden at trailhead. More on Parry Grove


Razor Point Trail - 2/3 mile to point

Dramatic views of gorge, badlands, spring wildflowers, fewer but more picturesque trees. Two hundred yards below trailhead, take right fork. There are several overlooks into Canyon of the Swifts and a fine viewpoint at the tip of Razor Point.


Beach Trail- 3/4 mile to Flat Rock and beach

Popular beach access. Least scenic trail. few trees, steep. Final beach entry very narrow with steps. Trailhead at restroom. If you plan to hike down and then walk back to the lower parking lot along the beach, remember to check the tides. Also, winter storms may remove much of the beach sand and walking can be difficult over cobbles and rocks for the 3/4 mile to the parking lot.

Beach Trail
Photo by Stephen Bowers

Yucca Point Trail

Named for its dominant plant species, may be accessed from either the Beach Trail or Razor Point Trail.


High Point Trail - 100 yards

Panoramic views of Reserve, ocean, lagoon, inland.


Broken Hill Trail - Access to beach via north fork 1.2 miles; via south fork 1.3 miles

Longest trail,. chaparral. few trees, scenic overlook of the "broken" hill. Combine this trail with Razor Point and Beach Trails for a 3-mile loop.

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Discovery Trail - 1/2 mile loop and Whitaker Garden (Parry Grove entry)

Level wheel chair accessible trail beginning just outside the Visitor Center.

Currently most trails do not meet ADA standards. However, we are currently working to bring some trails up to ADA standards.  Broken Hill Trail South has just been upgraded to ADA standards.

Aerial photos of Torrey Pines State Beach

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