San Diego Trail Tramps - Scheduled Hikes for 2011

  Torrey Pines State Reserve

Date: August 21st, 2011  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
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Info. URLs: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Website
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NOAA weather forecast for Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines State Reserve is located on the coast, just north of San Diego and LaJolla.
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 $10 parking fee, then take the paved road up the hill to a parking lot adjacent to the reserve's visitor's center/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 at 9:00 am, they'll arrive at TP about 9:30 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 10:00, then start hiking. We'll possibly end up down at Black's Beach for lunch around 1:00-1:30 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.

Above: Beach Trail to Flat Rock

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 pick up the Guy Fleming Trail loop that travels thru thick stands of Torrey Pines and along the bluffs overlooking the shoreline below. Then perhaps we'll hike the Parry Grove Trail, before heading to Razor Point or Yucca Point. After that, we'll head down to Flat Rock and the beach, hike south along the shoreline to the gay area of Black's Beach, and 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.

NOTE: The tide will be coming in, so plan to get your feet wet on the beach for part of the hike.

Some of our group...

...heading down to the beach...

...and returning from a swim @ Black's!

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.


Above: Torrey Pines State Beach and State Reserve Bluffs

Above: Torrey Pine growing on bluffs overlooking the surf.

Pano of Torrey Pines State Beach looking south towards Black's Beach