Carlsbad Things to Do | Visit Torrey Pines State Reserve | La Jolla CA

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Visit Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla CA


Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla CA

Carlsbad, and much of California for that matter, is blessed with a gorgeous coastline – the edge of our continent amidst a sea of urban life. (see a past article on the California Central Coast and Nepenthe, along the Big Sur coast for more amazing scenery).

But just a few miles south is an isolated, wilderness area that is breathtaking for the vistas of hills and rocks meeting the sea, and home to our country’s rarest pine tree, the Torrey Pine.

Torrey Pines State Reserve is home to incredible and dramatic scenery, and this rare tree which only grows at the reserve and on Santa Rosa island off Santa Barbara’s coast.

The state reserve is a wonderful place to capture a glimpse of what the Southern California region was like prior to the encroachment of humankind and development, although this area has suffered from erosion and other natural hazards over the year.

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Entering the park at the north end (at the south end of Torrey Pines State Beach), you may either park at the base of the hills and enjoy a vigorous walk up, or drive to the summit and visitors center/museum. There are a number of hiking trails, which are fairly easy and offer panoramic views of the ocean and hills, and the opportunity to enjoy trees, wild flowers, chaparral and cactus. Parking is $8; the reserve opens at 8 am and closes at sunset. You can easily access the park from Route 101/Coast highway or from the 5 freeway (exit at Carmel Valley Road and head to the beach).

This amazing coastal wilderness is well worth the trip, whether you enjoy hiking or not. Be sure to take water and your camera, and wear comfortable hiking shoes (unless you decide to not get out of your car, which would be a shame but the views are still amazing).

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Comments (6)

Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Jeff, what a great job you did with this piece! Your video was wonderful...although I'm not a fan of heights! This looks like a very nice place to visit for the day.
Jan 21, 2008 02:40 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Jeff - That it such a beautiful place and you did a great job with both written and video presentation.
Jan 21, 2008 04:27 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
Jeff those are funny looking pine trees.  I think they are safe from being used as Christmas Trees.  And ooooh yes, I am with Linda, you would not catch me standing close to the edge if I was 200 feet up :)
Jan 22, 2008 10:24 AM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Hey Jeff. I created a group just for posts like this. If you're interested, it's Things to Do/Places to Visit =)
Jan 22, 2008 10:57 AM
Brian Lee Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Kenna Luxury Real Estate
So nice, I need to get out of this cold, cold Colorado weather for awhile. ~Rita
Jan 22, 2008 11:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks, Linda. It is an extraordinary place - the pictures do NOT do justice (but I tried).

Jennifer - what a nice compliment. It was easy to write about because it was such fun to visit the other day (my first time). 

George - yep, they are funny looking. I know how you dislike heights...hope the pics weren't TOO disturbing.

Thanks, Lisa.

Brian and Rita - come on down, the weather is great!! :)


Jan 22, 2008 12:23 PM