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San Diego Hikes: Torrey Pines Parry Grove Trail

Torrey Pines Parry Grove Trail

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of San Diego’s most scenic attractions.  In recent years, several trails have been closed for restoration.  One trail that has now been restored is the short Parry Grove Trail.  This is our guide to hiking Torrey Pines Parry Grove Trail.

Torrey Pines Parry Grove Trail

Starting Point: 0.7 miles from Torrey Pines lower South Beach Lot or 0.1 miles from visitor’s center parking lot
Length: .7 miles
Elevation: 130 foor gain and loss
Type: Loop 

 

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has paid parking.  The parking fee varies by year but ranges from $12 to $25 per vehicle (more in summer and on weekends).  There is an upper level parking lot by the visitor’s center.  From the upper parking area, Parry Grove Trail is about a tenth of a mile walk back towards the entrance.  Just note that on busy days the upper lots can fill up.   There is a lower parking lot that provides access to the beach.  From this parking lot, you can hike up a fairly steep trail to Parry Grove (two-thirds of a mile each way with about 300 feet elevation gain).

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After the restoration, Parry Grove Trail now includes Whitaker Gardens and the Scripps Overlook.  The actual Parry Grove Trail starts right before Scripps Overlook.  Whitaker Gardens and the Scripps Overlook are now fully ADA accessible.  You can see more about these areas in our guide to the accessible portions of Torrey Pines Reserve.

Torrey Pines Parry Grove Trail

Getting to the actual Parry Grove Trail requires walking down 118 steep stone steps.  A sign clearly warns visitors of this.  The climb is not strenuous but the steep, uneven steeps can definitely be ankle twisters.

Torrey Pines Parry Grove Trail

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At the bottom of the steps, the trail does a half-mile loop, so you can go either right or left.  At this point, the trail is mostly flat.  You get great views of the bluffs along this trail.  However, unlike the Guy Fleming Trail, the Parry Grove Trail does not hug the edge of the bluffs.

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Torrey Pines Parry Grove Trail

Once you complete the loop you climb back up the stairs.  At the top of the stairs, you can turn right and go out to Scripps Overlook for some great views.  On your way both in and out you will pass through Whitaker Gardens where you can check out the many native plants.

Across the street from Parry Grove trail is High Point Trail.  This is not really a trail but a 100-yard climb up stairs to the highest point in the reserve.  You get a nice view of the lagoon, reserve and inland San Diego.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
High Point Overlook is a short staircase climb across the road from Parry Grove Trail

After doing Parry Grove Trail you go left down the road a short distance to Guy Fleming Trail.  Guy Fleming is a similar loop but without the stair climbing.  There are many other hiking opportunities in this area.

To see our overview of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, beaches and other activities in the area go here

For a guide to a longer 4-mile hike that incorporates Parry Grove Trail go here.  

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