When people think of the west coast, they usually think about the ocean, and mountains, desert life, and large forests. There is an abundance of nature to be in awe of in the state of California, but when it comes to truly stunning natural beauty, Torrey Pines State Reserve has everything to offer and more. With amazing canyon-like heights, and top tier views of the bay, this San Diego reserve is a place where people come to get away from the busy city life, and marvel at the natural beauty of the world.
Recreation at the Reserve
This reserve offers plenty of recreational activities and opportunities for visitors to engage in. With eight miles of trails, there is plenty of ground for hikers, and beach-goers to explore. There even sits a small museum at the top of the park’s hill. From the cliffs, visitors can see as far as La Jolla to the south, and Del Mar to the north, and the cliffs serve as a popular spot for whale watchers during migration seasons. Depending on the trails, there are different scenic routes, and a variety in hiking difficulties for those who want relaxing walks, to those who wouldn’t pass at the opportunity to scale an entire mountain. When it comes to recreation at the reserve, there is plenty of land to cover, literally.
Bobcats, and Foxes, and Cacti, Oh My!
Being such a large geographical location, the reserve has a large variety of wildlife that lives in and around the marshes, pines, and beaches. Some of the wildlife that you might spot while you’re visiting includes bobcats, foxes, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, and rabbits, as well as a number of flora for the botanists out there, like cacti, coastal chaparral, and the rare Torrey pines. Visitors not only have a beautiful scenic view of the bay, and the nature surrounding it, but also might spot a wild friend or two in the bushes.
There’s an Unofficial Nude Beach
One of the quirks of the reserve is that there is an unofficial nude beach south of Flat Rock. Flat Rock is at the southern edge of the beach, and is a large rock that juts out into the ocean. Just south of that is Black’s Beach, where visitors often undress and lay out, or go for a swim. While nudity is technically prohibited on the beach, the beach has served as a clothing-optional spot for nudists and naturists since the 1970’s. Aside from the nudity, Black’s Beach is a favorite spot for surfers, as it’s home to one of the most powerful surf breaks in Southern California. For those surfing or swimming though, be aware that this spot has a large population of stingrays, and lifeguards are rarely on duty.
There is plenty of ground to cover in this reserve, and enough sights to see to take up an entire day. With beautiful views of the bay, cliffs, and pines, and great heights to reach, Torrey Pines State Reserve remains one of the most popular scenic spots in San Diego, and for good reason.