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