Gray Whale Cove Trail

Montara Mountain, California

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain401ft
Trailhead Elevation154ft
Top247ft
Elevation Min/Max154/247ft
Elevation Start/End154/154ft

Gray Whale Cove Trail

Gray Whale Cove Trail is a hiking trail in San Mateo County, California. It is within Montara Mountain. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 154 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 401 feet. Along the trail there are benches.

Gray Whale Cove Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike takes in the rugged Pacific coastline, where every view becomes a study of how the surf pounds the land. While the waves crash, you’ll be pleasantly above it all, where the views give you a feeling of being perched on a lookout of a sailing ship—the wind constantly in your face. The trail stays near winding Highway 1, but it never seems to detract from the view. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there are plenty of chances to take new and better shots of the sand, surf, and cliffs. One note of caution: if you opt to take the wooden stairs down to Gray Whale Cove, the beach is clothing-optional. Gawkers are not welcome here, so stay on the trail to get arguably better views."

"This hike takes in the rugged Pacific coastline, where every view becomes a study of how the surf pounds the land. While the waves crash, you’ll be pleasantly above it all, where the views give you a feeling of being perched on a lookout of a sailing ship—the wind constantly in your face. The trail stays near winding SR 1, but it never seems to detract from the view. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there are plenty of chances to take new and better shots of the sand, surf, and cliffs."

Gray Whale Cove Trail Reviews

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8/25/2012
This is a very nice trail with great views. We were suprised since we were inteding to do the mcnee ranch trail and took the wrong parking lot but we thought we will do this trail and see till where it is walkable to my surprise it is a well maintained beautiful trail with great ocean views
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7/1/2008
This is a perfect kid friendly dog friendly beautiful trail. It has a clean dirt trail that runs along highway one, but high enough that you see the ocean at all times and you dont hear car noise. Dogs can't get off trail and your kid can follow. There are benches along the way and you end up at a great dog friendly beach. When you want to escape the heat and do a great trail...this is it!!! For kids and dogs, this was a perfect trail. Just beautiful.
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Trail Information

Montara Mountain
Nearby City
Montara Mountain
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
McNee Ranch State Park Ranger Office
Local Contacts
USGS Montara Mountain
Local Maps