High Point Trail

High Point Overlook, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Although it is hard to pick the absolute best thing about Torrey Pines State Reserve, one of the top things about the park is its fantastic views. While it is nearly impossible to find a bad view in the park, one of the best views to be found is from the High Point Overlook, which is located near the center of the park. The High Point Overlook is located at the end of the park’s shortest trail (the High Point Trail), and is also the tallest point in the reserve.


Directions, From the Torrey Pines Lodge (the park’s visitor center), the High Point Trail is located .1 miles to the North along the main park road, and is directly across from the Parry Grove Trail. For visitors walking or running up the park road from the entrance, the trailhead is located .1 miles to the South of the Guy Fleming Trail. The trailhead is well-signed in both directions, and from the road, it is a mere 100 yards on a series of steps uphill to the High Point Overlook. The Overlook features great three hundred and sixty degree views of the park, the Pacific Ocean, Los Penasquitos Lagoon, and inland San Diego. From the overlook, the return to the road is back down the same trail.

Tips. At 100 yards one way (200 yards both ways), this trail is best done in conjunction with either the Parry Grove Trail, the Guy Fleming Trail, or any of the park’s other trails. While the view is spectacular all day, this is a great spot to watch the sun set year-round. Park visitors should be aware that there are no dogs, or food allowed in the Reserve.