Yucca Point/Red Butte

Location: Southwestern California
Trip Starts: Visitor’s Center
Trip Ends: Visitor’s Center
Total Distance: 1.5 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Razor Point Trail, Yucca Point Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Day Hike
More Information:

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
California State Parks San Diego Coast District North Sector
2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(858) 755-2063


Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a coastal state park located near the California community of La Jolla, California. It remains one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast, with cliffs that overlook Torrey Pines State Beach and a lagoon that is vital to migrating seabirds. There are eight miles of trails within the park, a small museum, and the Torrey Pines Lodge – a hotel and tour station. From the cliffs, it is possible to see La Jolla to the south and Del Mar to the north. Occasionally, whales can also seen as they follow the California coast as part of their migration route.

This loop hike starts in the parking area across from the visitor’s center and follows the Razor Point Trail to an overlook bearing the same name with panoramic views in all directions and out to the ocean. From here, the route picks up the Yucca Point Trail and heads south to a wooden platform on the edge of a cliff. Climb from this point back to the parking area across from the Visitor’s Center to complete the loop.

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