Relict Species: Torrey Pine

Relict, n: a remnant or survivor.Species, n: a distinct sort or kindTorrey Pine (Pinus torreyana)The Torrey Pine is North America's rarest pine tree, growing only on two bluffs in San Diego County, with a separate population growing on Santa Rosa Island of the Channel Islands. The geographic separation of the two populations suggests that the trees were once wide-spread, …

Torrey Pines State Reserve, Beach, and Extension

Perched across two bluffs separated by a lagoon stand the last groves of the rarest pine tree in North America, the Torrey Pine. The reserve that protects the remnants of these trees also protects a long strand of primeval beach, over which massive sandstone cliffs. Here, the visitor can catch one of the last glimpses …

Tecolote Canyon (plus Torrey Pines Extension)

Distance: 2.5 (Total)Elevation gained: 200Difficulty: EasyTime: 0:46:00Critters: NonePros: (Tecolote)- NoneCons: (Tecolote)- Overdeveloped- Dirty- NoisyJune:6/30 hikesDetails:Ugh.Tecolote Canyon, while not a bad place in itself, is a hike that should probably be avoided unless you live nearby and you need a convenient place to walk the dog. It's also a lesson in the pitfalls of development, which …

Yoga Hiking

I had a fun new experience today. Right now, Kelly is in the midst of a 31 day challenge at her yoga studio, Haute Yoga. In this challenge, she must take 31 classes in 31 days. It's great to have the goal, and the challenge has taken her on a journey similar to what I'm …

Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension

Margaret Fleming Nature Trail A - Margaret Fleming Nature Trail - BDistance: 2.4 MilesElevation Gained:  500Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:00Critters: A showy lizard, quail, a rattlesnake, a swarm of beesPros:- Much of the beauty of the main reserve with none of the crowds.- Magnificent specimens of TorreysCons:- Too small!Details:This park is the cure for congestion at Torrey …