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“Great Sandy Way” Hike Celebrates The Extension’s 50th Birthday

August 24 @ 8:15 am - 12:00 pm


Great Sandy Way Hike

Join us to commemorate 50 years of the Torry Pines State Natural Reserve Extension Trails.

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Lace up your boots and join Torrey Pines Conservancy members, friends, and neighbors for a guided ~5 mile walk on sandy trails and sandier beaches to celebrate the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Extension’s 50th birthday. We’ll stop along the way at the Extension trailhead for a brief ceremony honoring the effort it took to preserve the Reserve.

Saved from the bulldozers by a grassroots fundraising effort from 1964 to 1974 led by Torrey Pines Conservancy (formerly Torrey Pines Association), the 168 acres comprising the Torrey Pines Extension protect a major stand of pines north of Los Peñasquitos Lagoon above Carmel Valley Road. Originally dedicated on August 20, 1974, the Extension still gets very few visitors compared the main Reserve, despite its varied and rewarding outdoor experience.

What’s happening?

We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the campaign to save the Extension with a hike and a little ceremony to mark the day.

Where is it happening?

That’s the fun part. We’ll inaugurate the concept of the Great Sandy Way canyon and beach hiking trail that links the State Beach to the Extension to Crest Canyon to the San Dieguito River, and back along the Del Mar Beach to Torrey Pines State Beach. We’ll meet at the North Beach parking lot entrance off of  Carmel Valley Road (1800 McGonigle Rd, San Diego, CA 92014) and hike up to the Extension. Then we’ll cross Del Mar Heights Road to Crest Canyon (home to more natural stands of Torrey Pines) and walk down to the southern margin of the San Dieguito River’s tidal backwater, joining the main beach in Del Mar and walking south on the strand to return to Torrey Pines North Beach parking lot.

Who is it for?

Everyone. All ages are welcome, but note that this is a challenging distance with some steep, occasionally rutted trails, and access stairs.

When & Where?

Meet us in the North Beach parking lot (1800 McGonigle Rd, San Diego, CA 92014) ready to start the hike at 8:30am on August 24, 2024. Or join us at the Extension trailhead  at the end of Del Mar Scenic Parkway (straight up the hill from the North Beach parking lot entrance at Carmel Valley Road) by the tennis courts at 9:15am for a few words marking the 50-year anniversary of the Extension trails. Look for hike leaders wearing Torrey Pines Conservancy hats.


August 24
8:15 am - 12:00 pm


Torrey Pines Conservancy
(858) 201-0573
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North Beach Parking Lot
1800 McGonigle Road
San Diego, CA 92037 United States
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