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South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

San Diego Metro Area, California

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South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook

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  • The trail follows a paved road for the first half mile.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • California buckwheat blooming along the trail.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • A lizard warming up in the sun.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • Wildflower blooming along the trail.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • Turn right onto South Fork Trail.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • A typical section of the trail.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • Broken Hill Overlook in the distance.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • Torrey Pines are one of the rarest tree species in the world.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course on a foggy morning.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • A young jackrabbit seen from South Fork Trail.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • View from Broken Hill Overlook.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • View from Broken Hill Overlook.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • View from Broken Hill Overlook.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • View from Broken Hill Overlook.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • View from Broken Hill Overlook.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • View from Broken Hill Overlook.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • View from Broken Hill Overlook.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is great for birdwatching.- South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views. Unique ecosystem. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Little shade.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
425.00 ft (129.54 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Total elevation gain: 
145.00 ft (44.20 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
425.00 ft (129.54 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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South Fork Trail to Broken Hill Overlook is nestled on the rugged San Diego coastline within Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. This region is home to 300 species of endangered native plants, including the Torrey Pine, which is one of the rarest trees in the world. Due to the delicate nature of the ecosystem and the eroding sandstone cliffs, it is exceptionally important to stay on the trail here.

Begin on Torrey Pines Park Road just south of the visitor center. This section of the trail is paved and is accessible. In around half a mile, turn right and continue to follow South Fork Trail through dense chaparral. Soon views of the green fields of Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean begin to open up. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildflowers blooming along the way as well as wildlife such as jackrabbits and many species of lizards and birds. Broken Hill Overlook provides panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding cliffs. It’s a great vantage point from which to watch seals, dolphins, and the annual gray whale migration.

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