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Gray Whale Cove State Beach is on the San Mateo Coast, north of Montara on U.S. Highway 1. The beach (a.k.a. Devil's Slide) features a sheltered cove surrounded by cliffs that drop abruptly into the Pacific Ocean. A steep trail leads down to the beach. There is a small picnic area on the bluff above. Gray whales can often be seen close to the shore. The only available automobile parking is on the east side of the highway. Gray Whale Cove SB is one of the few California State Parks that does not accept the Annual Day Use Pass. Dogs are prohibited at all times and beach fires are not allowed.

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