Pines State Reserve – Torrey Pines
State Reserve is quite unique. Like the city itself,
Torrey Pines offers a great diversity of things to
see. Little development has taken place over the years.
Its 2,000 acres remain pretty much as they were when
the early settlers and Spanish explorers first arrived.
Elevations in the reserve range from sea level to
300 feet and 8 miles of hiking trails lead trekkers
along bluffs high above the shoreline. There are several
platforms built right on the bluff’s edge that
offer excellent views of the majestic coastline, migrating
Gray Whales, and Dolphins who love
to play in the surf.
Located in the reserve is the Los Penasquitos
Marsh Natural Preserve. The marsh was formed
about 10-20,000 yeas ago from melting polar ice caps
at the end of the Fourth Glacial Period. It’s
located at the northern part of the reserve. The marsh
is home to a variety of fish, birds and a number of
small animals that forage in the grassy areas adjacent
to the marsh.
There are many things of interest in the park to
explore, such as an adobe structure, which has been
in continuous use for more than 75 years. Currently
the building is home to the Visitor’s
Center, museum, and Ranger offices. The reserve
is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, north of
San Diego. From Hwy 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road
and drive west for about 1.5 miles. Turn left on Coast
Highway 101 and proceed for about a mile. The entrance
is on the right just before the highway begins to
climb Torrey Pines grade.
The reserve offers breathtaking views, picnics on
the beach, hiking, bird watching, guided tours, and
beauty that is worth enjoying time and time again.
Torrey Pines State Reserve
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