Monday, June 17, 2019

All About Torrey Pines State Reserve

The recipient of a bachelor's degree in philosophy from San Diego State University, Brian Borg is a human resources professional who enjoys hiking in his free time. One of Brian Borg's favorite places to hike is Torrey Pines State Reserve located in La Jolla, a community in San Diego, California.

As a State Natural Reserve, Torrey Pines is a designated area of preservation for the Pinus torreyana, which is the rarest species of a pine tree in the United States. The tree, which once covered a much larger area, now only grows in Torrey Pines and on Santa Rosa Island. The park also preserves one of Southern California's last waterfowl and salt marshes. 

Camping and picnicking are prohibited, but those who visit Torrey Pines for the purpose of hiking can expect scenic views characterized by deep ravines and high broken cliffs overlooking the ocean. Trails are carved through the park's wind-sculpted pine trees and the visitor center is a memorable pueblo-style structure and former restaurant that is nearly 100 years old. 

Admission to the park ranges from $10 to $25 on any given day based on demand. Its busiest hours are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.