Well, I recently moved to San Diego. It’s not hard for me to get acquainted with a new area because it’s so easy for me to travel. I asked the locals where some good places to hike are and every one that I encountered said, ‘Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve’.
It’s literally a 15 minute drive from downtown San Diego.
As soon as I arrived, I saw that there was some free parking off the interstate, but there was also parking in the park for $12.
I kept in mind that the park uses this money to pay their park rangers, and it goes towards preservation of this park.
I have never lived by the ocean, so that was my first stop. I walked about 2 miles down the coast line and searched for rocks. This area also offers beautiful tide pools and scenery. I finally saw these stairs that led towards the trails. There are several trails for different levels of experience, nonetheless, each trail end offers a beautiful view of the pacific ocean. I managed to hike and trail run about 6 miles and stopped at each trail end, Razors Edge pictured above, and enjoy what this Nature Reserve has to offer.
One of the last trails I hiked, over looked the ocean the entire time. I could see a whale about 5 miles out breaching, and it was beautiful and well worth the $12.
I have hiked trails in Austin, Portland, Chicago, and North Texas, but this was by far the BEST trail I have ever been to.