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Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
225.00 ft (68.58 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.30 mi (2.09 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Unique ecosystem. Picturesque views. Wildflowers.

Cons

Crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

350.00 ft (106.68 m)

Highest point

350.00 ft (106.68 m)

Features

Vault toilet
Family friendly
Geologically significant
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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