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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, CA: Beach Trail to Broken Hill Loop

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Distance: 2.6 miles


This 2.6-mile loop in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve links three park trails, sandstone bluffs, and views of undeveloped coastline.
  • Rock Outcropping
  • Sandstone Cliffs
  • Views of the Pacific
  • Trail Junction
  • Descending Beach Trail
  • Views from Beach Trail
  • Trail Junction
  • Views from Yucca Point Trail
  • Yucca Point Trail
  • Views of the Pacific
  • Views from Yucca Point
  • Stairs on Beach Trail
  • Scenic Viewpoint
  • Scenic Viewpoint
  • Sights along Broken Hill Trail
  • Broken Hill Trail

Boasting rugged sandstone bluffs, pristine coastline, and the rarest pine in the United State, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is home to wild landscapes and 8 miles of trails. Explore three of these trails on this 2.6-mile oceanside hike. From the Visitor Center parking area, cross the road to the trailhead and head south on the well-maintained trail. After passing a short spur, the route rounds a rock outcrop with expansive views of the reserve.

Just past the outcrop, continue straight at the trail junction and descend gentle switchbacks that lead to a 3-way junction. Turn right for a 0.3-mile out-and-back to Yucca Point, a lookout with 5-star views of the ocean. Back at the 3-way junction, turn right onto Beach Trail and begin the steady descent to another lookout perched on a rocky bluff. Take in more views of the ocean and beach, then merge onto Broken Hill Trail for a 1-mile switchback climb. At the top of the hill, turn left and follow the paved path back to the parking area.

MORE INFO: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, (858) 755-2063; torreypine.org/

-Mapped by Kim Phillips

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