Although this blog is primarily focused on the happenings around San Luis Obispo, I decided to share a favorite hike of mine after a trip home to San Diego this past weekend. My father first introduced me to the Torrey Pines hike a few years ago, and now go whenever we get the chance.
Torrey Pines State Beach is located in sunny San Diego in between the beach cities of La Jolla, and Del Mar. Although the hike itself can seem intimidating, I would recommend it to any novice hiker who is looking to test out the waters. If you need more convincing, the breathtaking views of the iconic San Diego coastline will help motivate any new hiker to get to the top.
Hikers who chose to complete the trek begin at the parking lot for Torrey Pines State Beach. From there, the journey continues up a steep paved road to the beach bluffs above. Once on the bluffs, hikers weave through the trail which is peppered with caves all along the well traversed path. The hike then concludes with a rock stairwell leading to the sandy beach below.
Ultimately the hike can certainly seem challenging at times however the experience, and panoramic views account for this in spades.
“It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.”-The 3 rules of mountaineering.