Torrey Pines is an easy to moderate hike that spans approximately five miles and climbs 500 feet. The trail begins at the landing area in Bechers Bay on Santa Rosa Island.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Torrey Pines

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Saltwater Fishing,Whale Watching
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Santa Rosa Island is one of only two places in the world where a stand of native Torrey pines grow (the other is at Torrey Pines State Reserve in San Diego). Torrey pines are considered to be one of the world's rarest pine species. With only a one-mile hike from Santa Rosa Island's Water Canyon Campground, you can stand among these slow-growing, wind-sculpted conifers in their native habitat.
  • Whether you travel to Santa Rosa Island by boat or small plane, you are fairly likely to spot a whale somewhere along your journey. In the winter months (December to April) you are most likely to see gray whales; in the summer months you may spot the enormous blue whales. The waters surrounding the Channel Islands are home to the largest aggregation of blue whales in the world.

40 nautical miles from Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center on Santa Rosa Island
Channel Islands National Park

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 805-658-5700
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