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Razor Point Trail

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • View from the trailhead.- Razor Point Trail
  • A cactus blooming along the trail.- Razor Point Trail
  • Torrey Pines on a foggy morning.- Razor Point Trail
  • Red Butte is a popular stop on the way to Razor Point.- Razor Point Trail
  • A typical section of the trail.- Razor Point Trail
  • There is a staircase leading to Red Butte.- Razor Point Trail
  • View from Red Butte.- Razor Point Trail
  • View of Razor Point in the distance.- Razor Point Trail
  • Razor Point Trail has great views of the Pacific Ocean.- Razor Point Trail
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Razor Point Trail
  • View from Razor Point Trail.- Razor Point Trail
  • The lookout at Whitaker Garden perched high on the cliff.- Razor Point Trail
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Razor Point Trail
  • View from Razor Point Trail.- Razor Point Trail
  • Razor Point sits 150 feet above the crashing waves and eroding sandstone cliffs.- Razor Point Trail
  • View of the sandstone cliffs from Razor Point.- Razor Point Trail
  • View from Razor Point.- Razor Point Trail
  • The colorful hillsides of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.- Razor Point Trail
  • View of the Pacific Ocean from Razor Point.- Razor Point Trail
  • View of the Pacific Ocean from Razor Point.- Razor Point Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique ecosystem. Picturesque views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Crowded.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
350.00 ft (106.68 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.30 mi (2.09 km)
Total elevation gain: 
225.00 ft (68.58 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
350.00 ft (106.68 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Razor Point Trail, located within Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, is a short trek that leads to a dramatic overlook of eroding cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. The unique ecosystem of this area is home to the Torrey Pine, the rarest pine tree in the nation, as well as 300 other protected and endangered species of native plants.

Begin on the western side of Torrey Pines Park Road, directly across from the visitor center. The trail gradually descends via a series of switchbacks through chaparral. Along the way be sure to stop at Red Butte, a sandstone projection with panoramic views of the coastline and ocean. Razor Point Trail intersects with several other trails along the way, including West Overlook Trail, Yucca Point Trail, and the Beach Trail. Yucca Point and West Overlook are both lookouts that are accessible via a short detour, and the Beach Trail is a longer hike that leads to the shore. Razor Point is a lookout area as well, located 150 feet above the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day the view extends to La Jolla and Catalina Island.

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