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
- Distance: 4.2
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To reach the trailhead, leave the Visitor Center parking area and cross the road to the parking lot on the other side.
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Beach Trailhead: Hike southwest to a Y-junction.
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Bear right at the first Y-junction to check out a small overlook.
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Overlook: Take in views across Torrey Pines State Park. Backtrack to Waypoint 3 and turn right.
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Bear right at Y-junction.
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Climb the broad rock outcropping for views of the Pacific Ocean.
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Continue straight, heading southwest. Switchbacks ahead.
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Pass a trailside bench.
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Turn right at 3-way and head west to Yucca Point.
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Continue straight at 3-way junction, heading west to Yucca Point.
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Turn right for a quick loop that showcases views of the Pacific Ocean and rocky headlands. Return to Waypoint 9 and turn right.
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Descend a set of stairs.
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Turn left and pass more picturesque views of the beach.
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Turn left and start the switchback climb up the hillside on Broken Hill Trail.
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Turn left at T-junction.
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Turn left and follow the paved path back to the Visitor Center.
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Views of the Pacific
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Descending Beach Trail
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Views from Beach Trail
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Views from Yucca Point Trail
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Yucca Point Trail
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Views of the Pacific
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Views from Yucca Point
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Stairs on Beach Trail
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Sights along Broken Hill Trail
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Broken Hill Trail
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