Most trails are now open. Click here for map.

Trails, particularly the steeper Broken Hill, Razor Point, and Beach Trails, are generally closed in the event of rain to prevent soil erosion. The steps at the Parry Grove Trail can be slippery and dangerous. The closure time varies, depending on the amount and duration of the rainfall. Please help us protect the Reserve by observing posted trail closures.  Click here to see a SD County video explaining trail closures after a rain.

Trails in the main Reserve

  • Guy Fleming Trail.  A relatively level and easy 2/3-mile loop, the trail offers two scenic overlooks with panoramic views. This trail has the greatest variety of wildflowers, ferns, cacti, and habitat diversity in the reserve. (Read the history of this trail.)
  • Parry Grove Trail. A half-mile loop. Secluded. Steep entry/exit with over 100 stone steps. Drought and bark beetle infestation had devastated the Torrey pines in this grove, but it is recovering. The Whitaker Garden, a native plant garden, is at the trailhead. (Read the history of this trail.)
    Click here for a Vimeo link to a docent produced video (14 min).
  • High Point Trail.  Steep 100 yards with steps but the top offers a panoramic view of the Reserve, lagoon, and inland.
  • Razor Point Trail.  About 2/3 mile to the Razor Point Overlook, the trail meanders through coastal sage scrub with dramatic views of sculptured sandstone gorge and gnarled trees. The Yucca Point Overlook, accessible from both Razor Point and Beach Trails, features yucca flower displays in the spring and examples of sandstone erosion and patterned sculptures called tafoni.
  • Beach Trail.  A 3/4-mile trail that is a rustic footpath through the Upper Reserve and descends roughly 300 feet to the beach. Final access to beach via stairs.
  • Broken Hill Trail. Closed for repairs in 2017. However, the accessible South Fork will remain open from the old highway to Broken Hill Lookout.


Trail marker metal tags – click here for information.

Trails in the Reserve Extension

  • Mar Scenic Trail (1/2 mile) follows the seasonal creek through the extension.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Trail (1/2 mile) offers views across the marsh to the main reserve and to the ocean.
  • Margaret Fleming Nature Trail (3/4 mile) leads through coastal sage scrub.
  • Red Ridge Loop Trail (1/3 mile) offers views of the lagoon, the main reserve and spectacular geologic formations.
  • Reserve Extension Map (PDF download)