San Diego Adventure: Hike Torrey Pines

Can't wait for the weather to warm up? With balmy temperatures year-round, miles of world-class trails, and a laid-back, kid-friendly atmosphere, L.A.'s southern neighbor has you covered.

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Named for the rare, endemic pines that grow along the southern California coast, the 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve has nearly ten miles of hiking and running trails. Kids will love the narrow, sandy paths that wind like a maze through coastal chaparral.

The Broken Hill Trail descends past a stunning view of an eroded cut in the cliff to the beach in just over a mile. From there, you can climb back up via the Beach Trail or walk along the water to the visitor center, and loop back to the Guy Fleming trail, via the decommissioned coastal highway. Keep your eyes open for seals on the beach.If you're flying kid-free for the day, it's a great spot for solo runs: just hit the sand and keep going. It’s seven miles to the far end of Del Mar, and the beach keeps going from there. Entry is free without a car.

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