Locals Guide: Hiking Torrey Pines

Hiking Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines Reserve has officially re-opened! Torrey Pines hiking trails offer endless views of the San Diego coast and cooler temperatures because of the ocean breeze. Out of the 8 well marked hiking trails my personal favorite is the Torrey Pines Beach Trail. Reason being- this hike takes you to the ocean!

Keep in mind there are current COVID restrictions. The visitor’s center is currently closed and the water fountains are turned off. As usual, dogs and food are never allowed at Torrey Pines Reserve. Check their website for updated restrictions.

Here are the deets:

  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Est Time: 1 hr 30 min
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Difficulty: Easy. You’ll walk up a hill and at the end go down a long flight of stairs to the beach
  • Parking: Google “South Beach Lot”
  • All Trails Map

Pro Tip: Check the tides before hiking Beach Trail. You can only walk along the shore at low tide. If you time it poorly, you’ll have to take the long flight of stairs back up and go back to the parking lot the same way you came.

Other Top Hiking Trails in Torrey Pines

  1. Guy Fleming 
  2. Razor Point 
  3. Yucca Point

Trails are very well marked, so you don’t need to worry about a map. My 55 year old mom could do this without her GPS, and she uses that for everything! When I have time, I like to do Razor Point and Beach Trail in the same day. Make sure to check their website for temporary closures due to erosion. Happens more often than you’d think.

Parking Fees

  1. 2 Paid lots that costs $15-25. Price varies depending on the day and season. 
  2. Free parking in front of Torrey Pines State Beach. Like most of San Diego, finding free parking is not easy so just be patient (Or skip the hassle and dish out the cash to park in the lot)
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