The entrance to the reserve is on North Torrey Pines Road (old Highway 101), right on the beach, at the bottom of the long grade up Torrey Pines Mesa. Pay the $8 weekend parking fee, then take the paved road up the hill to a parking lot adjacent to the reserve office and museum. From there, you can walk to the beginning of any of the trails in 10 minutes of less.
If hikers leave from the Hillcrest carpool about 9:15 am, they'll arrive at TP about 9:45 and we can browse thru the cool museum there, (They have a great slide show of what the Reserve looks like year-round.) until about 10:15, then start hiking. The Beach Trail is currently closed due to erosion down near Flat Rock. It may be repaired by our hike date. If so, we'll probably end up down at Black's Beach for lunch around 12:30-1 pm, hang out at the beach about an hour, and back up at the parking lot around 3:30 or so. The hikes are easy to moderate and not very strenuous at all. The trails are well maintained and everyone can hike at their own pace. If the Beach Trail isn't repaired yet, we may opt to do a loop hike on the Beach Trail/Broken Hill Trail. Unfortunatly, food isn't allowed in the Reserve, so we'll have to plan some lunch time down the access road at Torrey Pines State Beach.
So, after a stop at the museum for a bit of educational browsing, we'll head north on the concrete roadbed of the "old" old coast highway and either pick up the Guy Fleming Trail loop that travels thru thick stands of Torrey Pines and along the bluffs overlooking the shoreline below. Then we'll take the beach trail down to the water and hike south along the shoreline to the gay area of Black's Beach, where we'll stop for lunch and swimming/sunbathing, while checking out the local flora and fauna..... We'll finish the hike by returning up the shoreline and beach trail to the Torrey Pines State Reserve Museum parking lot. Or we'll try an alternate loop hike (Beach Trail/Broken Hill Trail), then down the road to the beach for lunch, etc. We'll decide when we arrive that morning.
Once you hike this area, you'll want to come back again at different times of the year for more visits. It's a real gem to hike thru and very close and convenient for San Diego residents who want a quick escape back to coastal nature at it's finest.
For more detailed info. on the area, refer to "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" by J.Schad, 1998 Edition, Area B-2:Torrey Pines/La Jolla, Trip 3, pp.30-34. Also, check out our Maps of the area for more details, and some previous hike photos, too.