Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Visitor center: Housed in the former Torrey Pines Lodge, the center has videos about the history and biological shaping of the reserve, animal specimens of the area (birds, coyotes, a mountain lion, rattlesnakes), and items such as pine cones and animal bones to touch and examine. Guided hikes are offered weekends and holidays at 10 am and 2 pm, and with advance notice can be tailored to meet accessibility needs.
Trailhead: At visitor center and from west parking lot
Length: Under one mile total
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Level
DescriptionPicking up this half-mile trail from the visitor center, you see Torrey pines amongst coastal sage scrub and chaparral plants, including California buckwheat, laurel sumac, Mojave yucca, deerweed, chamise, and sage, which was sacred to Kumeyaay people. To the east you can see Los Peñasquitos watershed and, in the distance, the University Town Center area. In about .2...
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|Managing Agency:||California State Parks|
|Address:||12600 North Torrey Pines Rd., San Diego|
|Nearest City:||San Diego|
|Hours:|| Reserve: 8 am-5 pm|
Visitor center: Daylight saving time: 9 am-6 pm. Winter standard time: 10 am-4 pm.
|Dogs:|| Not allowed|
Service animals allowed only at beach and visitor center; please notify a ranger or staff at entrance station if you have a service animal
|Public Transportation:||San Diego Metropolitan Transit System|
|Useful Links:||Torrey Pines Docent Society|
Did You Know?
There are only two native stands of Torrey pines in North America, one at Torrey Pines State Reserve and the other on Santa Rosa Island near Santa Barbara.
Reviewed by Kristen Manecke, May 7, 2008
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