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Torrey Pines State Reserve Loop



2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer loop
90% Runnable


Ascent: 329' 100 m
Descent: -330' -100 m
High: 333' 102 m
Low: 4' 1 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Steve Skinner

A unique coastal route which loops through the reserve trails, down to the beach and back.

Steve Skinner

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The semi-steep run up the road is just a means to an end. Once you get to the top, the trails have beautiful views of the reserve and high, vast views of the ocean. Take your time and explore the offshoots that lead to scenic viewpoints and of course the rare Torrey Pines that have made this area famous.

Need to Know

The trail can get quite busy on the weekends and many of the trails in the reserve are singletrack, and can be a tight squeeze when encountering opposing traffic. Also, the trail is quite exposed so on hot days; you'll enjoy it more if you choose to take this trail early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Runner Notes

Watch out for your ankles on this trail. Very few spots in the trail are level, and you'll have to weave your way through lots of hikers.


Start by parking in the lot, then work your way up the road into the reserve. Follow the Beach Trail that leads you back down to the beach, exploring little offshoots along the way. It's an easy trail with just a couple of spots that you need to be careful at - mainly at the stairway at the bottom where the trail drops down onto the beach. From that point, it's just a beautiful run along the beach back to the lot where you started.

Flora & Fauna

Rare Torrey Pines, and lots of scrub oak and other native foliage.

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Oct 12, 2019
Ben Bowen
Mar 28, 2019
Vincent Han
Mar 26, 2019
Shumin Guo
Morning run. 4mi — 1h 05m
Jan 7, 2018
Alicia Raposa
Love that trail! 3mi
Apr 22, 2017
Aubrey Winn
Earlier the better 6mi — 1h 30m

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The area of the beach that the Torrey Pines State Reserve trails lead to...
Oct 24, 2016 near Del Mar, CA
San Diego Torrey Pine Park
Aug 11, 2019 near Del Mar, CA
A view from the trails in Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Oct 24, 2016 near Del Mar, CA
The cliff views from the beach walk back to the lot.
Oct 24, 2016 near Del Mar, CA
View from Yucca Point
Aug 16, 2019 near Del Mar, CA
It's quite common to see Osprey in the cliffs as you're walking the beach back to the parking lot.
Oct 24, 2016 near Del Mar, CA


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