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An Afternoon Hike in Torrey Pines

Set on 1,500 acres of undeveloped land in the heart of San Diego, an escape into nature awaits.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is the ideal way to spend a few hours, or the entire day, in America’s Finest City. A hike through the wild, rugged landscape provides a rare glimpse into Southern California’s original coastline.

Unlike a park, a natural reserve acts as a place of conservation. This means certain restrictions are in place to help protect threatened plants, wildlife and habitats. Signs educate guests on the specific flora and fauna that are in each area. On a sunny day in early spring, we came across many Western Fence Lizards scampering around.

Exploring the trails is like a choose-your-own-adventure. Head down to the beach to soak your feet in the cool Pacific Ocean. Or hike up through the winding paths to the rock formations that offer gorgeous panoramic vistas. There’s no wrong way to spend the day at Torrey Pines.

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