Torrey Pines Hike
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Distance: 3.3 miles, Level: Easy
Hiking through Torrey Pines is a special treat. You'll experience sweeping ocean views of the pacific and see the namesake tree, the Torrey Pine, which is the rarest pine tree in the United States seen only here and on the Channel Islands. For this trail you'll be fine wearing normal workout gear and running shoes, the route ends at the beach so pack a bathing suit if you want to make a splash afterwards or simply dip your toes in as you take in the beautiful beach side bluffs. A hiking backpack or baby carrier is recommended for this trail, a stroller won't make it on the second part of the trail down to the beach.
There is some free parking along the street leading up to the park entrance but it goes fast, I suggest doing this hike early to snag a spot. If you come past 8am, especially on a weekend, you may end up paying $10 to park inside the South Beach lot in the park, walking in is free. Either way, this trail starts at the Torrey Pines Picnic area next to the paid parking lot. You'll get your heart rate up quick as you head uphill first, don't forget to look back at the views though, you can use it as an excuse to catch your breath. When you reach the bathrooms at the top look for the "beach trail" sign that wraps around the top of the bluffs and down to the beach where you will walk the sand back to where you started. If you're looking to add some mileage to your adventure on the way up the hill you can take a few of the short side trails like High Point Overlook and Guy Fleming Trail where you'll also be rewarded with seeing some unique geological formations.
Take a short drive into Del Mar to grab some food at local favorites Beeside Balcony, Board & Brew and Flower Child.