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Torrey Pines State Beach

San Diego, CA
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Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego California

Description

Torrey Pines State Beach is a great place to go to soak up some nature. It is not to be confused with Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, which is a little further south. On weekends it can be very busy so come early. The beach, which is right beside the road, has interesting sand of many dark colors with sparkles. It's quite fascinating to look at it as you walk along. The sand is a blend of magnetite and hornblende. There are also large round pebbles of various pretty shades of brown. As you walk away from the road, the golden-red cliffs beside you become incredibly high. They are barren, with no vegetation. You must stay near the shore in order to avoid the danger of falling rocks.
To get to the secluded, clothing optional portion of this beach called Black's Beach, you must walk down a hazardous trail.
You can drive or walk to the top of the cliffs. Here you can take several short hikes through dry, scrubby bush to views over the coast. The views of red rock with blue ocean behind are impressive on the West Overlook Trail.
A more cozy beach is Fletcher Cove Beach Park, 15 minutes north.

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The mineral-rich sand.
The mineral-rich sand.
Large pile of kelp.
Large pile of kelp.
A surfer walks along the beach.
A surfer walks along the beach.
The lifeguard shack.
The lifeguard shack.
A mother watches her children as they play.
A mother watches her children as they play.
Looking up at the high cliffs.
Looking up at the high cliffs.
Watch out for falling rocks!
Watch out for falling rocks!
Notice the tiny lifeguard shack to understand how high the cliffs are!
Notice the tiny lifeguard shack to understand how high the cliffs are!
Runners enjoy a Saturday morning at the beach.
Runners enjoy a Saturday morning at the beach.
Multi-colored shoreline.
Multi-colored shoreline.
Dark sand and slate blue water.
Dark sand and slate blue water.
A toddler climbs to his heart's content.
A toddler climbs to his heart's content.
Sisters watching the waves come in.
Sisters watching the waves come in.
Prickly pear cactus on the road that leads to the top.
Prickly pear cactus on the road that leads to the top.
These lagoons are a familiar sight in San Diego.
These lagoons are a familiar sight in San Diego.
Walking up the road that leads from the beach to the hiking trails.
Walking up the road that leads from the beach to the hiking trails.
Hikers enjoying the view at the end of the West Overlook Trail.
Hikers enjoying the view at the end of the West Overlook Trail.
View along the way on the West Overlook Trail.
View along the way on the West Overlook Trail.
Looking toward the rock that is the end of the West Overlook Trail.
Looking toward the rock that is the end of the West Overlook Trail.
View from the South Broken Hill Trail.
View from the South Broken Hill Trail.
The road that leads from the beach to the hiking area.
The road that leads from the beach to the hiking area.

Directions

Torrey Pines State Beach is located at 12600 N. Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla CA 92037. Google maps labels it incorrectly.
Entrance into the park is $10 per car and allows access to the lower beach parking and the upper hike parking.

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Last Updated Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:52:00 GMT