We don't plan to travel anywhere this summer, but we have lots to do in our beautiful San Diego to keep ourselves busy! One of the first things we've done this summer so far was spend the morning hiking Torrey Pines Natural Reserve.
Actually, my my eldest Jelo hiked with his aunts Tara and Sher, while DJ and I watched from afar. DJ threw a bit of a tantrum and refused to walk.
Here I am across one of the ravines at Torrey Pines and Jelo with his aunts across the way on top of one of the cliffs.
The views from the top of the Torrey Pines Reserve are beautiful. There are many different trails to take, all of which have breathtaking views.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, north of the City of San Diego, California. From either direction on I-5, take the Carmel Valley Road exit and drive west for about 1.5 miles until you reach Camino Del Mar. Turn left (go south) and proceed along the beach for about half a mile. The entrance is on your right just before the road begins to climb up the North Torrey Pines grade.
Use this address for your GPS: 12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego CA 92037
There is an entrance fee to bring your car up so some people like to park along the beach, at the bottom of the North Torrey Pines grade and hike up the hill. The hill is steep at times and is definitely a good workout! I know my kids would make it up a third of that hill and start complaining. So, I would rather pay the $12, drive up the hill and enjoy the hiking trails at the top =)
There is also a visitor's center at the top of the hill with wonderful information about the reserve.
After spending the morning at Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, we headed to Del Mar Highlands Town Center for some lunch at Carnitas Snack Shack.