Torrey Pines Hike

Lone tree overlooking bay with low tan hills.
Torrey pine

Tim Hauf,

Quick Facts

Scenic View/Photo Spot

View one of the rarest pines in the world, the Torrey pine. Torrey pines occur naturally in only two locations in the world—on the cool, fog drenched northeastern slopes of Becher’s Bay and just north of San Diego. The easier, moderate route allows visitors to view the pines along the flat Coastal Road. The strenuous route follows the loop trail to the top of the grove, providing spectacular views. For the best route take the loop trail up the western edge of the grove, along the top, and down the steep, eastern side of the grove. For an easier, more gradual descent, follow the road down to Southeast Anchorage.

Distance: 5 miles to base of pines; 7.5 miles via the loop trail (both are round trip from pier)
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Channel Islands National Park

Last updated: May 5, 2021