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

This 2.6-mile loop in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve links three park trails, sandstone bluffs, and views of undeveloped coastline.
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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;
-Mapped by Kim Phillips

Trail Facts

  • 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.

Rock Outcropping

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Sandstone Cliffs

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Views of the Pacific

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Trail Junction

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Descending Beach Trail

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Views from Beach Trail

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Trail Junction

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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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Scenic Viewpoint

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Scenic Viewpoint

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Sights along Broken Hill Trail

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Broken Hill Trail

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