Torrey Pines Hike: La Jolla, California
Helloooooo! I've been meaning to do this post for a while now, but about a month ago I made an impromptu weekend trip down to San Diego to visit a couple of my long time girlfriends. It was such a fun little trip, and I think the best thing we did that weekend (besides stay up late watching YouTube) was go to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for a hike.
The Torrey Pines Reserve is located in LaJolla (just north of SD) and is probably one of my favorite hikes I've ever done. You are basically walking through a bunch of trails on a bluff that overlooks the ocean and leads down to the beach. It is a very easy hike...more like a stroll...but the unique landscape and Pacific views are seriously stunning!! Quintessential Southern California.
From any given point on the trails, you get a beautiful view of the ocean where you'll spot boats, surfers, and paddle boarders. You'll also see some really cool rock formations, maybe some wildlife, but what the reserve is known for is the Torrey Pine tree! The Torrey Pine is one of the rarest pine trees in the world, and only grows naturally here and on the Channel Islands. There's your fun fact for the day!
Another thing I thought was really great and unique about the Torrey Pines hike was that it was made up of a bunch of little trails everywhere! Most hikes I've been on are "there and back" or a loop, but this was neither. The trails all seemed to intertwine nicely and we ended up finding amazing view points everywhere we went. We ended up making our way to Razor Point, Yucca Point, and the Red Butte. We did look at a map before we hit the trail, but once we started walking we didn't pay too much attention. The reserve is pretty small, so you hopefully shouldn't get lost. One thing I wish we had a chance to do was the Beach Trail down to the ocean, but we went on a rainy day so we decided to pass. Next time for sure!
If you get a chance, the Visitors Lodge is fun to check out. It was built in 1922 and the architecture was inspired by the Hopi Indians. Inside you'll find little exhibits to learn more about the history of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and a gift shop!
Some other points to note:
- Parking is $10.
- No furry friends allowed :(
- No food allowed.
- There's guide rails everywhere- both for your safety (you are on a cliff) and to preserve the plant and animal life.
- There is not a lot of shade, so I wouldn't recommend going on a super hot day.
- The Torrey Pine Golf Course is right next door. I don't golf, but if you do, this one looked on par (pun intended) so check it out!
Overall, I really enjoyed exploring the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the San Diego area 1000%. The landscape was so unique and beautiful, and I can't wait to go again!