Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, La Jolla, California

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in La Jolla, California

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is comprised of approximately 2,000 acres on the Pacific coast in La Jolla, San Diego, California.

FUN FACT: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve was designated in 1977 as a National Natural Landmark. This program recognizes and encourages the conservation of sites that contain outstanding biological and geological resources.

The landscape of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve consists of a lagoon as well as high cliffs overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach. The namesake of the reserve, the Torrey pine, is the rarest pine in North America. The pines are found on the cliffs.

There are approximately eight miles of trails that traverse both the cliff and beach areas. Trail maps and detailed information can be found here.

Trails are closed after rains to protect the environment and ensure your safety. In fact, the trails were closed when we visited but we still made the most of the day by walking the paved road and the beach.

Don’t miss the small visitor center and museum that sits atop the cliffs.   

TIP: Parking fees apply when parking in the lot at the base of the paved road.

March 17, 2018

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