Historical Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve trail reopens March 15

State workers put finishing touches on 113 new stone steps on Parry Grove Trail in Torrey Pines Reserve. The trail reopens officially Sunday, March 15.

Parry Grove Trail, a half-mile loop in a prime scenic area of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, has reopened to the public after a five-year closure because of 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. Come take a hike!

A public ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 15, with representatives of California State Parks, Torrey Pines Docent Society, and Torrey Pines Association participating in a ribbon cutting.

Docents will lead guided hikes on the trail at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Hikes and opening ceremony are free; regular weekend parking admission to the reserve is $12-$15 (free parking outside the gate along state beach). Additional interpretive hikes led by docents will take place also at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. on March 21-22 and March 28-29.

An anonymous donor, via the Torrey Pines Association, provided funding for all trail repairs. Torrey Pines Association is a nonprofit fundraising organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the reserve’s natural and historical resources. The Torrey Pines Docent Society also played a pivotal role in supporting the state’s trail restoration. 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 in December 2010 because of public safety hazards with the failed stairs.


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