Hike the cliffs at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Head north to this coast-hugging nature reserve at the city’s extremis to spot the skewwhiff silhouettes of North America’s rarest pine clinging to honey-toned cliffs. The windswept landscape, some 800 hectares in size, is the only mainland site where the endangered Pinus torreyana grows, twisted and sculpted by sea winds into strange, but elegant, ornamental shapes. Arrive early in the morning for a quiet walk along 13km of trails looping through dramatic landscapes, being sure to keep an eye out for breaching humpbacks as you tackle the clifftop coastal route. You’ll spot rare seabirds around the large saltwater lagoon, too, and, fingers crossed, might catch a rare bobcat sighting. These ferocious felines can sometimes be seen sunning themselves on distant rocks in the morning rays.
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037