1. Whether easy, moderate or challenging, the trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offer natural beauty and peace in the midst of metropolitan San Diego. Explore this haven from the mesa top through groves of rare Torrey pine trees, wildflowers, and rugged sandstone cliffs down to the unspoiled beach. Discover how the Torrey Pines Association protects and preserves this island of nature.

    Credits
    Peter Jensen, Torrey Pines Association Counselor - Host
    Adam Gevanthor - Scripting and Production Assistant
    Funding provided by the Torrey Pines Association
    Produced, filmed and edited by Jim Karnik Films

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  2. This little-known sector of the Reserve is located on the north side of Penasquitos Lagoon, and is accessible only via residential neighborhoods. The rewards are great: mature trees, ocean and lagoon views, and much more solitude than you can experience in the main part of the Reserve. Wildflowers and birds are abundant here. Trails are easy to moderate, most with little elevation gain. To get to the main trail head, drive to Torrey Pines Reserve's north parking lot on Carmel Valley Road. Instead of entering the lot, drive up the hill on Del Mar Scenic Parkway. Drive to its end, where you'll find the trail head.

    Credits
    Hosted by Peter Jensen, Torrey Pines Association Counselor
    Funding provided by the Torrey Pines Association
    Produced, filmed and edited by Jim Karnik Films

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  3. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers beautiful scenery and hiking trails close to the homes and businesses of San Diego, Del Mar, and La Jolla, but bans food and dogs. Ranger Lisa Urbach shows us why these special rules exist.

    Credits:
    Lisa Urbach, Park Ranger
    Janie Killermann, Gunther Haller and Amigo
    Dylan Hardenbrook and Margaret Fillius, still photography
    Diane Greening, Production Coordinator

    Produced, filmed and edited by Jim Karnik Films

    Funding provided by the Torrey Pines Association

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  4. With construction of the original coast highway in 1915, Torrey Pines Park became the gateway to San Diego, and Torrey Pines Lodge the focal point, welcoming the newly mobile motoring public with a rest stop complete with food and souvenirs. Designed by noted architects Requa and Jackson and built between 1922-1923, this gracious Pueblo Revival structure was the gift of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps to the people of San Diego. Today with its exhibits on natural history and Museum Shop, the Lodge continues to welcome visitors to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. It embodies the legacy and generosity of Miss Scripps, who wished all could share her vision of “the scenic beauty and educational and recreational value” of Torrey Pines. Preserving this legacy, through a restoration of the Lodge, is our challenge in the 21st century.

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  5. Sun, sand, and surf: the same elements that offer rest and relaxation to visitors provide a challenge to the organisms that live here. Join marine biologist Brett Lear on a tour of Torrey Pines State Beach and meet some of the creatures that live between the bluffs and the waves and see how they’ve adapted to hot, dry sand, changing tide levels, and pounding surf. Discover how wrack (seaweed washed ashore) contributes to the coastal ecosytem by providing food and shelter to many animals.

    Credits
    Hosted by Brett Lear, Marine Biologist
    Production Coordinator - Diane Greening, TPSNR Interpretive Specialist

    Funding for this Wild Web Film was provided by the Torrey Pines Association
    ©2011 Torrey Pines Association

    Produced, filmed and edited by Jim Karnik Films

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The Torrey Pines Series - Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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This series was created by the Torrey Pines Association and covers a variety of topics from hiking trails to habitat restoration.

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