Friday, April 5, 2013

Torrey Pines State Reserve Day Trip

Torrey Pines State Reserve is located in Del Mar, CA. and is considered one of the best ocean view hiking spots in Southern California. Currently the wildflowers are in bloom and this is the best time of the year to enjoy the color and beauty of these trails. Botanically speaking the reserve contains over 330 plant species including abundant annual and perennial natives such as sage scrub, chaparral and salt-march plants.  Panoramic ocean views, a visitors center with knowledgeable volunteers and a plenitude of hiking trails are what you can expect on a day trip to the reserve. The base of the reserve meets the beach with parking and restrooms available. 

Directions: From Interstate 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and head west to North Torrey Pines Road (old Highway 101).  Turn South: the entrance is at the base of the bluffs.

Torrey Pine Trees consist of 5 needles: a unique and distinctive characteristic. It is the rarest pine tree in the United States and the seeds are edible.

 Many more photos on following page...........

Morning Glory

Artist on the trail capturing the morning beauty

Guy Flemming Trail
Ocean Overlook on Guy Flemming Trail
California Buckwheat:Eriogonum fasciculatum 

Flowering Prickly Pear Cactus
wildflowers in bloom 
upshot view in sepia tones of the Torrey Pine

* a beautiful morning outing with friends- thank you for joining me to photograph this beautiful hiking trail in our amazing city.