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SAN DIEGO TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE SAN DIEGO CA

Torrey Pines State ReserveTorrey 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
1-858-755-2063
www.torreypine.org

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