It has taken me a good amount of time to research San Diego Historical Landmark #10, Torrey Pines Area, because there is no good description of where this area is. There is a weird description in one source that defines the area as
One mile strip: both sides of Soledad River from 3 miles north of Del Mar to 5 miles south of Point Pinos.
(1) I can locate no Soledad River in San Diego County. There is a Soledad Lagoon but it is south of Del Mar, not 3 miles north.
(2) The only Point Pinos I can find is up near San Francisco.
(3) To me, it sounds like the “one mile strip” is at least an eight mile strip, i.e., from 3 miles north of Del Mar to 5 miles south…. Confusing.
One source has notes which say, “Torry [sic] Pine Trees, one of the largest Torry [sic] Pine reserves.”
Since I can’t find a definitive area, I’m going to make my own map of the Torrey Pines Area as I think it might be, based on what I know about the area along North Torrey Pines Road:
In part 2, I’ll start exploring the Torrey Pines Area beginning at the north. On our trek to the south, I’ll take you to:
Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve,
Torrey Pines State Beach and Blacks Beach,
Torrey Pines Golf Course (where Tiger Woods won his last major championship, the U.S. Open, back in 2008),
Torrey Pines Lodge and maybe a couple of other ritzy hotels in the area,
University of California at San Diego,
Scripps Institute of Oceanography,
the historic Torrey Pines Gliderport.
Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite:
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