San Diego Trail Tramps

  Torrey Pines State Reserve & Blacks Beach

Date: August 23rd, 2014  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
Hike Group:
Info. URLs: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Website
California Tide Tables (Scroll down and select "La Jolla (Scripps Institution Wharf")
NOAA weather forecast for Torrey Pine
Surf Report for Blacks
For more detailed maps of the Torrey Pines State Reserve, click HERE.
For excellent Torrey Pines State Reserve trail maps in .pdf format, click HERE.
Torrey Pines State Reserve is located on the coast, just north of San Diego and LaJolla.
After hikers leave from our Hillcrest carpool at 9:00 am, they'll arrive at the Torrey Pines Gliderport parking area about 9:30. The hike is easy to moderate and not very strenuous at all.

We'll meet at the Torrey Pines Gliderport parking lot (far north end), then hike down the easy trail next to the Gliderport area. (For directions, use Google Maps to navigate to the Gliderport located at 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA.) Once we're on Blacks Beach, we'll hike north to Flat Rock at the base of Torrey Pines State Reserve (on Torrey Pines State Beach). Then we'll take the Beach Trail up into the Reserve, thru amazing eroded cliffs formations. At the top of the bluffs is the Visitor's Center/Museum.

After a brief visit there and viewing of an interpretive video, we'll return down the Beach Trail to Flat Rock and head south to Blacks Beach for a picnic around the gay area of the beach. Hikers are welcome to hang out there for the remainder of the afternoon and enjoy a swim in the surf, clothing optional, along with sunbathing and crowd watching. ; ^ )

Above: Beach Trail to Flat Rock

NOTE: The 4' high tide will be going out in the morning and low around 2:30 PM, 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 the Reserve's bluff loop trails in 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 the Torrey Pines State Reserve 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, 2012 Edition, Torrey Pines State Reserve, Trip 3, pp.35-37.


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