Parry Grove Trail reopening celebration

Parry Grove Trail, a half-mile loop located in a prime scenic area of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (TPSNR), has reopened to the public after a five-year closure due to unsafe trail conditions caused by erosion. The trail is now in excellent shape: native vegetation has recovered up to the edges of the trail, false trails have largely grown over and the flower season has begun.

An official public ceremony was held March 15, with representatives of California State Parks, Torrey Pines Docent Society, and Torrey Pines Association participating in a “ribbon cutting.”

An anonymous donor, via the Torrey Pines Association, provided funding for all trail repairs. Torrey Pines Association is a non-profit fundraising organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural and historic resources of the Reserve. The Torrey Pines Docent Society also played a pivotal role in supporting the State’s restoration of the trail: volunteers assisted with repairs by installing trail delineators (a rod and cable system).

Parry Grove Trail is one of three original trails designed by Guy Fleming and Ralph Cornell between 1915 and 1921. Parry Grove Trail and Whitaker Garden were initially closed December, 2010, due to public safety hazards with the failed stairs.

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Photos by McKenzie Images.