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The Beach Trail at Torrey Pines State Beach

0.75mi geological walk through a sandy trail down to the beach

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.7 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
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Overview :  The beach trail brings you from the parking lot across the lodge from the bluff down to the beach. You can choose to visit the Red... more »

Tips:  Reserve hours: 7am-sunset.
No dogs/horses/bicycles/picnics on trail.

Warning: do not walk too close to the cliff -- rock and sand... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Red Butte

This prominent geological feature stands highly visible even from the trailhead. It offers a nice vista over the whole surrounding area.

Laterite soil is full of iron oxide and gives red butte its red rust color. The rusty soil caps and cements the Llindavista layer at the top and is stronger than the torrey sandstone underneath, preventing the... More

2. Razor Point

This fenced viewing area offers an unobstructed front view of the ocean from up above the bluff. You can look for sea animals and sea birds from this unique viewing spot.

3. Branch off to Yucca Point

You can choose to continue on with Beach Trail or take a short trip down to Yucca Point overlook here.

4. Yucca Point

This location offers a view that covers the sea line of San Diego, the ocean and the "Broken Hill" to the left. It is equipped with benches and has a small loop around a garden.

5. Down to beach or up Broken Hill trail

This junction allows you to get down to a short stretch of trail that requires a little scrambling along deep walls of fossilized shells showcasing the lower geological formations (such as the Del Mar formation).

This is the end of the beach trail. You can either head back up the same route, via the beach, or back to the trailhead via Broken... More

6. Flat rock

The Flat Rock is a typical habitat for organisms in the Splash Zone, and is ideal for animals that cannot tolerate being submerged for long periods of time such as the rock louse, the gray periwinkle snail, or acorn barnacle and limpets.

The rock is slippery and visitors are advised to stay from going up on it. There's a narrow passage between... More

7. Torrey Pines Park Road

Built in 1910 and paved in 1915, this used to be a major road for traffic between Los Angeles and San Diego. The route currently is gated past the junction with South Fork Trail and is mostly used by bikers. Another bulletin along this road mentioned that this area was previously used by the military as a training ground known as the Camp Callan... More

8. Trailmap bulletin board

Here you will find a restroom, water fountain, benches, and a trail map at the trailhead.

9. Restroom

10. Parking lot

This is the closest parking lot to the trailhead. There is an alternative lot near the lodge.

11. Branch off to Razor Point

You can see an unobstructed view of the ocean at the edge of the bluff few steps into the trail junction. Be careful when you take pictures here, don't fall over.