Soon after the marine layer moved back a little further out to the ocean we decided to go for a Sunday walk. We parked our car at the Gliderport and walked down the steep trail to the beach – the weather was beautiful – we passed black beach and then went on to the flat rock where we took the stairs up to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. We then “climbed” all the way up through the park to the street which we then followed along the Torrey Pines Golf court back to our car at the Gliderport – all in all we were walking for almost 3 hours, a bit longer than we actually planned.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within San Diego city limits and yet remains one of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California coast! Because of the efforts and foresight of the people in this area, 2000 acres of land are as they were before San Diego was developed – with the chaparral plant community, the rare and elegant Torrey pine trees, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. One can imagine what California must have looked like to the early settlers, or to the Spanish explorers, or even to the first California residents here, the Kumeyaay people.
There are 8 miles of trails, a visitor center, and guided nature walks on weekends and holidays.