If you are looking to venture beyond the walls of your dorm room, a hike at Torrey Pines State Preserve is where it’s at! Just twenty minutes north of campus lay the beautiful beaches, layered sandstone cliffs, and rare Torrey Pine trees that are just another asset of San Diego's amazing outdoor opportunities.
There are 8 different trails all offering great views of wildflowers, sandstone formations of broken cliffs and deep ravines, beach, lagoon, and sometimes dolphins and whales. What makes Torrey Pines State Preserve unique is that the Torrey Pine tree only grows here in San Diego and on Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park.
You can spend the afternoon exploring the flora and fauna as you trek the trails or relax on the sand and enjoy the calming power of ocean waves as they splash across the sand (and against the cliff walls at high tide).
"The Torrey Pine tree only grows here in San Diego and on Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park."