Presented By:

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

News, Ocean Beach Community | 31st Jan 2013

Torrey Pines ParkTorrey Pines State Natural Preserve is a wilderness island in the middle of an urban sea. This is considered as a fragile environment, home of the rarest pine tree called “Pinus torreyana”. Back then, a number of such trees covered a large area. But today, it only grows on Santa Rosa Island, located off the coast, near Santa Barbara.

The Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve is for day use only.  Overnight camping is not allowed within the facility. People can enjoy picnics here; however, picnics are permitted only on the beach area. No food or drinks are allowed within the preserve, so this is basically on the mesa above the beach, as well as on the extension. Unfortunately, there is no place to buy food and drinks in the park. For hikers, they are encouraged to bring and carry their own drinking water, especially on the trails. This is highly advised on the summertime when the heat is excruciating.

Where to Find Torrey Pines

The preserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar in California, just north of San Diego. To get to the preserve, take Hwy 5, and then exit on Carmel Valley Road. Drive west for about 1.5 miles until you will reach the Coast Highway 101. Make a left and follow the beach for about a mile or so. The park entrance is on the right side, before the highway begins to climb the grade. The exact address is 12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, California 92037.

Fees to Pay

There is a facility use fee for any car or vehicle entering the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. As of October of year 2011, the feel collection process is headed by a concessionaire, LAZ. Fees that are paid at the South Beach kiosk are valid for the South Beach parking area and the parking lots located at the Reserve, top of the mesa. A separate fee will be asked for the North Beach parking area.

Here is a summary of the fees:

  • South Beach or Reserve lots: $10 (Mon to Thurs), $12 (Fri to Sun and during holidays)
  • Bus with 10 to 24 people: $50
  • Bus with 25 or more: $100
  • For special events or group visits, reservations should be made.
  • Annual Pass: $195; can be purchased at the Torrey Pines Visitor Center from 11 am to 1 pm

Hours of Operation

The Reserve is open daily, and gates open at 7:15 am. Closing time is approximately at sunset. The sunset can occur from 5pm during winter, and 8pm in the summer. On the other hand, the Visitor Center is open from 9am to 6pm during summer, while 10am to 4pm on the rest of the seasons.

What to Expect

The reserve is consist of a plateau with cliffs, and comes with a view of the Torrey Pines State Beach, and a lagoon known to play an important part with migrating seabirds. Several wildlife and flora can be found within the area, these include bobcats, foxes, skunks, raccoons, even coyotes and more. There are more or less 8 miles of trails, and there is a small museum that sits on top, as well as the Torrey Pines Lodge.

 

 

Share & Print This Post
Choose A Topic Below

How much is your
Home worth?

Looking for a home? Talk to an Area Expert...
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Follow Us

Price Reduced!
Now offered at $375,000
1 Bed | 1 Bath | 782 sq ft

702 Ash Street Unit 407
San Diego CA 92101

The ultimate urban lifestyle awaits from this chic, corner-unit condominium in the iconic El Cortez. Light-filled and lovely, the beautifully remodeled interior includes 1 generously-sized bedroom, 1 bath, city views, and a gorgeous granite kitchen with newer vinyl flooring and stainless appliances. El Cortez is a historically designated building whereby owners can apply for the Mills Act property tax reduction. Community amenities include a 24-hour valet, fitness center, an expansive common area terrace, pool and spa, as well as on-site management.
Call to schedule a showing (858) 551-6630
...

View on Facebook

⭐️GIVEAWAY⭐️

We've been offering a $100 gift card to a restaurant close to one of our listings. It's a way for us to support local, have some fun, and highlight one of our listings. This week's gift card giveaway is to Piatti's in the La Jolla Shores which is close to our listing on El Paseo Grande.

To enter:
❤️/👍 This post
👉 Follow us @thegellens / 👍 Our FB page
✅ Tag friends, each tag = an entry

This post’s winner will be selected by midnight August 9th, 2020 and announced August 10th, 2020.

About the listing partnered with this giveaway:

8542 El Paseo Grande
La Jolla, CA 92037
3BD + Optional | 5.5 BA | 9,320 sq.ft.
Offered at $17,750,000

Beachfront and prominently positioned for maximized panoramic coastal views and privacy, this voluminous gated home includes 50' of footage on La Jolla Shores Beach, one of only 22 homes on this renowned and coveted stretch of California waterfront. Massive collapsible walls of glass and an expansive viewing deck embrace endless whitewater surf, sunset, wildlife, and people-watching.

#lajollashores #elpasseo #piattiitaliani #piatti
...

View on Facebook

Congrats Sondra!!! 🎉
We hope you enjoy your gift card to Puesto 🌮!
Stay tuned for our next one...

More about the listing partnered with this giveaway:

1236 Park Row
La Jolla, CA 92037
3BD 3BA 2,546 sq.ft.
Offered at $2,750,000

A tranquil ambiance and prime Village locale are yours to enjoy from this charming cottage on Park Row circle. Light-filled and lovely, the single-level interior boasts voluminous, open beam ceilings in the living areas, hardwood and tile flooring, numerous skylights, as well as peek ocean and North Shore views. Each of the 3 bedrooms are generously-sized with its own bath. Surrounded by manicured gardens and mature trees, the large lot provides serene outdoor spaces including a private entry courtyard and spacious backyard ideal for relaxing with family and friends. Situated in a highly desirable in-town location where a wide variety of shops, eateries, galleries, The Cove and Pacific Ocean are at your fingertips.

#winneroftacos #tacowinner #lovelajolla #livelovelajolla #villageoflajolla
...

View on Facebook