One of the best parts about living in Southern California is how easy it is to access a variety of wilderness areas. From the high mountains around places like Big Bear down to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, few other places that provide access to such a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities within just a few hours of your home. As we roll into the holiday season, many of us like to use this time to get our families out of the house for some physical activity and time in nature. If you’re living in this part of the country (or you happen to be visiting responsibly for a small family gathering), be sure to check out some of these epic beach hikes in Southern California. Torrey Pines Beach Trail Loop View of beautiful cliffs at the coast of Southern California, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Photo Credit: Getty Images, noblige. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of the larger protected stretches of shoreline in Southern California, and the Beach Trail Loop is one of the best beach hikes in the entire reserve. As its name suggests, this is a loop trail, which means you won’t need to double-back on any scenery that you already saw on the hike out! This is an easy, 2.3-mile trail with just under 370 feet of elevation gain in total. The trail does see heavy traffic during certain parts of the year, so we recommend going early to secure good parking […]