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A Wilderness Stretch of Land in San Diego?

Updated: Mar 10

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a nearly 2,000 acre reserve and is one of wildest stretches of land on the California coast - the surprise is that it lies within San Diego city limits. If you visit San Diego, plan a day trip to hike, swim, picnic, walk the beach, or just sit and breathe in the panoramic views.

Torrey Pines is one of my favorite places in the area and when I lived there I visited often as many locals do. I love the peace and quiet, the towering, rocky cliffs, the long sandy stretches of beach, and the fact that it remains unspoiled and protected.

There are many trails to travel at Torrey Pines all with something a bit different to offer. A strenuous workout or a relaxing walk is your choice, either way you will have incredible views of cliffs and ravines overlooking the California coastline below.

If you are a geology and/or history buff, be sure and stop by the Visitor Center where you can learn about the endangered Torrey Pine, the history of the Reserve and its people, along with details of rock formations, cliffs, animals, birds, reptiles, insects, and plants that inhabit the Reserve.

Don't forget to leave time to relax at The Torrey Pines State Beach. This is a beautiful stretch of the California coastline where you can swim, surf, stroll, watch the sunset (definitely worth waiting for), or just sit and take in the sights and sounds of this special place.

Below is one of the rare and protected Torrey Pines sitting along the multi colored rugged cliffs. You will see them throughout the Reserve but only in one other place (Santa Rosa Island of the coast of Santa Barbara).

Below is a coastal view from one of the trails at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Sunset silhouette of the Torrey Pine.

If you go, don't forget your camera!

For more information, visit There you can find details about the reserve including trails, hours, parking, directions, guided walks, and the nature center.

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