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Best trails in San Gregorio State Beach

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Explore the most popular trails in San Gregorio State Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

The area includes a protected, driftwood-strewn estuary at the back of a wide, sandy beach - with grassy bluffs along the coast. The estuary is home to many birds and small animals. California Historical Landmark 26 commerates the passage of Spanish Explorer Captain Gaspar de Portol through this area in October 1769. Hours: 8:00am to Sunset

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Map of trails in San Gregorio State Beach
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
650-879-2170
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Top trails (1)
#1 - The Southern Beaches at San Gregorio State Beach [CLOSED]
San Gregorio State Beach
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
NOTE: ALL SAN MATEO COUNTY PARKS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PARK RANGERS ARE ASSIGNED TO SUPPORT CZU LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE FIGHTING EFFORTS. https://parks.smcgov.org/press-release/all-parks-closed As of June 2020, this trail is experiencing partial closure (picnic tables, limited parking, campgrounds) and has limited visiting hours due to COVID-19. Please visit the park website for more updated information. https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=529 San Gregorio was established to protect an estuary at the back of a wide, driftwood-strewn sandy beach. During dry seasons the estuary is landlocked but during the winter season the creek often cuts through the beach and flows directly into the ocean. The site has also been identified as a potential nesting habitat for the Western Snowy Plover. The estuary historically was a Coho Salmon spawning site which the Department of Fish and Game has considered restocking to improve the salmon fisheries on this portion of the coast. The estuary is also home to a number of bird species and small animals. There is also the remains of California Historical Landmark 26 which commemorates the 1769 passage of Spanish Explorer Captain Gaspar de Portola through this area. The beach is part of the Monterey Bay National Sea Sanctuary.Show more