Gates open at 7:15 am and close at Sunset.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
The CA Conservation Corp (CCC) crew managed to get most of the worst erosion emergency repaired. Beach access from the Reserve is restored using the repaired sections and some detours onto Razor Point trail. The CCC crew will return on 3/15 to complete the emergency repairs and we hope to fully reopen the Beach Trail by 3/18 (All beach trails closed until then). Once Beach Trail is fully reopened the CCC crew will return to their work on the Broken Hill trail and planning for a permanent repair and rehab of the Beach Trail will continue with a planned start date of early 2018.
A huge thanks to the Sacramento staff who sprang into action to implement this project, the CCC crew who performed all the labor (approx. 25 tons of rock and 30 tons of road base moved so far!) and the Torrey Pines Docent Society who stood by at the barricades to answer visitors questions about the closure and direct them to open trails.
State Natural Reserves have outstanding or unusual natural or scenic values. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a wilderness island in an urban sea. This fragile environment is the home of our nation's rarest pine tree - Pinus torreyana. Once this tree covered a larger area. It now grows only here and on Santa Rosa Island off the coast near Santa Barbara. The park preserves not only the trees, but also one of the last salt marshes and waterfowl refuges in Southern California. The reserve features high broken cliffs and deep ravines on headlands overlooking the ocean. Hikers can follow trails through stands of wind-sculpted pines. A picturesque, pueblo-style structure that served as a restaurant when it was built in 1923 houses the visitor center, featuring interpretive displays. Picnicking and camping are prohibited in the reserve. The reserve's rich plant community features wildflowers in the spring and visitors can see the California quail gathered in coveys in the early mornings of fall and winter.
Torrey Pines State Beach can also be reached by trail from the Reserve.
Annual Passes are now sold at the entrance kiosk station operated by our concessionaire, LAZ Parking. The entrance kiosk station is open from 8:00am to approximately a 1/2 hour before sunset 365 days a year. For parking information see Torreypine.org/reserveinfo
Torrey Pines prohibits dogs anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within a vehicle).
The reserve is strictly pack it in pack it out with trash cans and picnic tables at the beach lot. There is no food allowed in the reserve.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego. From Hwy 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles till you reach the Coast Highway 101. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on your right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade.
Docent-Led Hikes: Every weekend day and nationally-observed holidays at 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Docent-Led Children’s Program: Offered September through May of the school year: first Tuesday of each month, and each Thursday and Friday, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day weeks. More information on the reservation process is available at: Group Field Trips and Hikes (Torrey Pines Docent Society)
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Available Activities and Facilities at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available