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San Diego — By Pam Nagata on July 28, 2010 at 12:18 am
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The Guy Fleming Trail at Torrey Pines State Reserve

Thousands of visitors find inspiration and solace at Torrey Pines State Reserve. They come from all over the world and all walks of life.  They leave with the unifying experience of a place that has the beauty and power to touch their lives.  Torrey Pines State Reserve is home to one of the rarest pine trees in the United States…Pinus torreyana.  A series of high broken cliffs and deeply indented ravines overlook the sea where the trees cling to the face of the crumbing sandstone.  The Torrey pines growing along the sandy sea cliffs suffer from persistent drought.  They are blasted by salt laden winds and dried out by the sun.  Still, the species stubbornly on!

One of the easiest walk is the Guy Fleming Trail and has the great view of the ocean.  You can hike it in ten minutes or an hour and a half.  It just depends on your mood.  The path is mostly smooth and free of erosion.  They is hardly a ever a puddle to mar your path after a rain.  It has great views of the ocean, of Los Penasquitos March, of Del Mar and of La Jolla.  The trail is a loop six-tenths of a mile long.  At the North Overlook, you can inspect the Torrey pines up close.  You can count the needles to make sure they really do come to five in a bundle.  The South Overlooks is a popular spot for small weddings.  You can see La Jolla (to the south), San Clemente and Santa Catalina Islands (on a rare clear day), dolphins (with luck) and gray whales (in season).

Guy Fleming guided thousands of people around this path.  In 1932 he was appointed District Superintendent for all the state parks in Southern California.   A local park ranger who retired in 1948 keep busy after retirement organizing the Torrey Pines Association.

Parking fee for any car entering Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.  $10 (everyday); $9 (62+); $5 (disabled with qualified Dept Parks Recreation Pass)

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California, north of San Diego. From Hwy 5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles till you reach the Coast Highway 101. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on your right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade. 12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego 92037 (map)

Photo courtesy by Torrey Pines State Reserve and Bill Evarts.

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