Torrey Pines State Beach

Update (December 17, 2020): California has issued a Regional Stay at Home Order to stop the surge of COVID-19 cases and prevent a strain on the health care system. This action will help protect critical care for patients. While the order includes the closure of campground sites in impacted regions, the state also recognizes that mental health is physical health. As such, day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public will remain open. Members of the same household are encouraged to stay local and recreate responsibly in the outdoors. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

Here is some additional information for locals visiting Torrey Pines State Beach:

What is open now?
  • The beach is open for passive and active recreation.
  • Face coverings are required when unable to maintain 6-foot physical distance
  • Parking and restrooms are available at South Beach Lot, North Beach lot, and the upper reserve (chemical toilets only).
  • Day-use fees may be paid through the automated pay machines installed at the park or at the entrance station when staffed
  • California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag):
    • May be purchased in person at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve South Beach Kiosk.  Note: Passes will not be sold on rainy days at Torrey Pines.
    • May be purchased in person at Seaside (South Cardiff) Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends from noon to sunset. 
    • May be purchased online and picked up at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 7 days a week (except rainy days) or at Seaside Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends.  Note: More details about quick pass pick up here or text ca1131 to 53242. 
    • May be purchased online at the California State Parks Store for delivery to your home or office.
  • The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass expiration date has been extended to March 31, 2021.  All other terms and conditions of the pass remain in effect. 
  • The adjacent Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve including all hiking trails, the park road, and the Extension trails are open.
  • The state beach is open for active and passive recreation. 

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
Closed at this park:
  • Group activities and athletics are permitted for household use only.
  • Park amenities such as drinking fountains are closed. Bring water with you.
  • Group gatherings are not permitted.
  • The San Diego Coast District and Sector offices are currently closed.

Statewide:
  • Many campgrounds across the state remain temporarily closed until further notice or will be temporarily closed in accordance with the new Regional Stay at Home Order. More information here.   
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:
  • Stay Local –Stay close to home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Do not travel if you or someone in your household is sick.
  • Plan Ahead – The COVID-19 pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check this webpage again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.
  • Stay Safer at 6 feet – No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. In some cases, restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities. 
  • Stay Covered – The state requires you wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. The need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(858) 755-2063

Park Hours

Gates open at 7:15 am and close at Sunset.

Dogs Allowed?

No

Driving Directions to Torrey Pines SB

Torrey Pines State Beach is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego. There are two locations where you can park to enter the beach. From Hwy 5 going southbound, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles until you reach McGonigle Road. Turn left on McGonigle Road to enter the parking lot where you can self-pay to park and walk to the beach. Or you can continue driving straight to North Torrey Pines Road. 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, where you also pay to park.

From Hwy 5 northbound, exit Genesee Ave and turn left. Continue on Genesee Ave, veering to the right onto N. Torrey Pines Road for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn left when you reach the bottom of the grade to enter the park. To access the north end of Torrey Pines State Beach, continue northbound on N. Torrey Pines Road until you reach Carmel Valley Road. Turn right until you reach McGonigle Road then turn right into the parking lot.

Camping and Lodging

Torrey Pines State Beach does not have camping facilities as it is a day-use only area. To make reservations for docent led educational programs K-12, College, Scouts and Senior groups go to:

(To make reservations for large group hikes with over 25 people, special/private hikes or weddings go to: https://torreypine.org/contact-us/special-events/).

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Fishing
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Notice:

The beach stairs at the bottom of Beach Trail at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve & State Beach will be removed for warranty repair. Starting 2/23/2021, this access area will be closed for approximately two weeks. The only access between the beach and trails will be the use of the main Park Rd.

stairs

 

Stay away from the bottom of the cliffs.

Rockslides and cliff collapses occur without notice. To increase safety, time your beach visit for low tide, when there is more sand available between the cliffs and the waves, which should help ensure you can keep a minimum distance of 10 feet from the bluffs.

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Torrey Pines Cliff
View looking south towards Flat Rock and La Jolla.
Torrey Pines CliffView looking north back toward Del Mar and the South Beach parking lot.
Torrey Pines Cliff Torrey Pines Cliff Torrey Pines Cliff

General Information:

"Photo: View of the ocean through the pines at Torrey Pines State Beach"

State beaches are areas with frontage on the ocean, or bays designed to provide swimming, boating, fishing, and other beach-oriented recreational activities. This wide, sandy beach stretches 4 1/2 miles from Del Mar past Los Peñasquitos Lagoon to the base of sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines Mesa. Swimming, surfing and fishing are popular. Red-hued bluffs and wet sand make strolling on the beach popular at low tide. A picnic area and parking lot are near the entrance on North Torrey Pines Road.

The beach can also be reached by trail from the Torrey Pines State Natural 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 more park information go to Torreypine.org/reserveinfo.

Torrey Pines prohibits dogs anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within a vehicle).

 Surfline(click here to view the web cam)

Additional Visitor Services

  • LAZ Parking California, LLC of San Diego (Parking Lot Management)
    Annual Passes are now sold at the entrance kiosk station operated by our concessionaire, LAZ Parking
  • Brats Berlin, Inc. (Mobile Food Truck)
  • The Pura Vida Project LLC dba Del Mar Surf Rentals (Beach Equipment Rental, Sale of Beach Items & Vending Machine)

Rattlesnake SignAre there any rattlesnake?   -    The answer is, "Yes!"

The 2 most common rattlesnakes you will see here are the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake and the Red Diamond Rattlesnake. The Southern Pacific Rattlesnake is the one you will most likely run into in the park. If you do see a rattlesnake while hiking, stop and wait until the snake leaves the area. It has mostly likely felt you coming from the vibrations you've made walking on the trail. If it doesn't leave, turn around and notify a park employee or volunteer. Snakes are more willing to leave you alone and find something more manageable to strike and eat (unless you try to take a selfie with it). On rare occasions, snakes do land on the beach having been pushed or fallen off the cliffs. Notify a park employee so that the snake can be returned to a more suitable location to live. Do not try to relocate or pickup the snake yourself.

Torrey Pines SNR Parking

Street view of flashing signal lightView of flashing signal light on kioskOne of the more common complaints in the summer time at Torrey Pines is the parking. When the South Beach lot fills up, we close the entrance and visitors need to head to North Beach for parking. There is now a flashing light on the top of the kiosk to alert visitors when the gate is closed. This early alert system will enable visitors to go directly to the North Beach parking lot and avoid having to make a u-turn at the closed entrance to the South Beach lot. Once you know exactly where to look, you can even see the light from the top of High Bridge or Carmel Valley Rd. See map below for some locations to look for the flashing light.

Arial view of parking

Please click HERE for Rules and Regulations of the Reserve

Rules of the Reserve:

  • NO DOGS IN THE RESERVE OR STATE BEACH
  • Stay on trail – Walking off trail causes erosion, tramples plants and frightens wildlife.
  • No pets – Dogs frighten wildlife and their waste causes nesting animals to abandon their young.
  • No food in the reserve – Help keep our animals wild and healthy by picnicking only at the beach.
  • No alcohol
  • No drones – To Prevent possible resource damage from accidents and to avoid frightening animals.
  • No picking/collecting natural features – Pinecones and flowers must be left to produce seeds to grow new plants. It also allows fellow visitors to enjoy the fauna.
  • No smoking/open flames – Torrey Pines has a high fire danger. The plants found here are dry and flammable.
  • No amplified music – Respect your fellow hikers and enjoy the sounds of nature while in the reserve.

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