The Torrey Pines Extension is a parcel of 150 acres of public land, south of Del Mar and north of Penasquitos Lagoon. It was saved from development in the mid-60ies, initiated by local residents. By 1974, enough funds were raised to add it to Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Except for the ocean views of the main reserve, the extension offers a similar experience – albeit a bit wilder and more chaotic, but also far, far less popular. It’s one of the places that had almost completely escaped my attention in the past. I went there for the first time on Friday and hiked “Trail B” and the “DAR Trail” – not a long hike, under 2 miles, but in complete solitude.
I returned on Saturday, together with Shuwen, and together we hiked “Trail A” (also called the Margaret Fleming Nature Trail), which leads up to “Red Ridge” where the trail continues a little bit, out to an eroded hill (that has been “graced” with a powerline pole – sometimes I think that engineers really have no sense of aesthetics in nature). From up at Red Ridge, one has the best views of the area, including some ocean views.subscribe via email (the subscription form opens in a new browser window/tab). It's easy as pie! :-)
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