Getting there is pretty easy. Torrey Pines is off of the 5 freeway. Exit on Genesee Ave and follow the signs. From the San Diego International airport it will take approximately 10-15 minutes depending on traffic. Since I live a little east it takes me anywhere from 25-35 minutes to get there. There are two parking lots for Torrey Pines: North Beach and South Beach. I usually enter through the South Beach entrance and pay the parking fee. This fee varies depending on the day of the week and during major holidays. For the most part the park fee ranges from $10-$15.
Trails, Trails, and more Trails
Torrey Pines consists of six major trails. None of which are very difficult or long. I've done three of the trails and they were very manageable. Most are relatively flat but getting to the beginning of the trails there is one major hill. This hill is shared with not only runners, walkers, but cars as well. Once you venture off of the main road, the trails begin. Most trails even link up to other trails. Every trail is properly marked which makes it very easy to navigate through. Unfortunately some of the trails are pretty narrow which makes it very difficult to run among all the rest of the walkers and hikers.
So far my favorite trail is the Beach Trail for obvious reasons. The views are amazing. I've only been to Torrey Pines in the morning, but I have heard the sunset views are pretty amazing. I'm hoping to make it sometime soon for those evening views.
- The views are absolutely amazing
- Trails are clean
- Trail access to Torrey Pines State Beach
- Bathrooms at the park entrance
- Trails are narrow, can be hard to run during certain parts
- Cost to park ($10-$15)
- No dogs allowed
- No drinking fountains due to water drought
If you find yourself looking for a new running route in San Diego, I would recommend checking these trails out. You can make it a short run or as long as you would like by doing all six trail runs. Who doesn't love a nice beach trail? Happy running everyone! :)
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