Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

We decided to meet up with some friends who wanted to explore the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and all of their beautiful trails. We almost cancelled at the last minute due to the weather looking as if it was going to rain but glad we didn’t because it turned out to be a beautiful day! We decided to take our children and their cousins along because we had already been there and knew that these trails were not difficult at all. There are many family friendly trails within the reserve and all with an amazing view of the ocean!


We drove from Oceanside, California to Torrey Pines National Reserve, where we could park down in the beach area for free, however, it is quite a walk up to the trails and sometimes, parking can be quite a challenge. So we paid to park up at the top of the hill, which was $15 per vehicle and from there, we had access to every trail.

Starting the hike

We wanted the beach trail to be our last because we wanted to end the afternoon on the beach, so we took several other trails, which were all very beautiful, filled with flowers and views of the ocean. One trail leads to another and they are all marked very well, with arrows pointing you to different directions.

Beach Access

We finally decided to go towards our final trail which lead us to the beach. There was some construction going on and some areas blocked but other than that, it was fairly easy to detour and we then made it to the beach area. When we arrived at the beach it was breathtaking! We approached the huge flat rock on the beach climbed up on top. The views all around were amazing and kind of  felt as if we were in another state and not in our own backyard. We hung out for a bit and enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery before heading back.

Taco Time!

It felt like a bit more of an incline heading back to the car but it is not too difficult because most of the way there are stairs. Overall a very beautiful hike! It was just about lunch time so we all decided it was time to go to the nearest taco shop and get us some tacos! Can't wait to come back to Torrey Pines!

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