Torrey Pines, five miles north of La Jolla, is a beautiful State Preserve of 2,000 acres, incorporating a maritime chaparral, the rare Torrey pine, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. It’s a paradise for runners. The hiking trails are ‘runnable”. It’s also great to run on the beach, accessible from the lower parking lot or one of the trails. One can also continue north along the beach to Solana Beach and Del Mar.

Our route is 4 miles round trip, along Torry Pines Park Road, off limits to cars, that climbs 500 feet from the lower parking lot to the intersection of North Fork Trail.

Other options: trails are very runnable, also along the beach



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  • 4 miles RT, many additional options
  • 385 feet
  • Lower Beach Parking Lot.