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Gray Whale Cove Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pacifica, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 269 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

Grey Whale Trail has an interesting origin. It was first named "Half Moon Bay- Colma Road" and was the original road built by San Mateo County over San Pedro Mountain in 1879. Designed for Horse Wagon and Bicycle traffic, it became impracticable for the rise of automobiles and was replaced in 1915 by the nearby "Coastside Blvd", which survives now as Old San Pedro Mtn Road Trail. It in turn was replaced by what is now Hwy 1 in 1937 and later added the Devils Slide Tunnel.

hiking
1 day ago

Narrow and overgrown at the entrance. The overgrowth included poison oak that we had to push aside with walking sticks.

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy trail! Lots of scenic views of the coastline and a little bit of inclination to keep the walk interesting. Definitely arrive early- parking lots fill by 930am.

hiking
23 days ago

Quick and easy trail with beautiful views. Be aware that it can get narrow in some areas, so social distancing may be hard (take a mask).

hiking
24 days ago

This is a great trail, it was initially closed when we checked last weekend but the parking lots are open as are the trails! Loved this trail as you get a constant view of the ocean and beach the entire time. It’s very easy and the starting point is clearly visible. The parking does fill up fast and it is limited, when we were leaving at 9:45am it was pretty packed. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a scenic hike!

3 months ago

I love it there. Great to take a tent and a small grill down to the beach for a chill day...or hike the trails on the opposite side of the road is sweet too!! My lady and our 1 year old daughter love this.. the tent is crucial now with the social distancing. be careful parking if you have a low car, wait for a spot to open up. Don't venture the "steep" side of the parking lot. we saw some cars getting pulled out of ditches and crevices that form on that side of the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

Went on a hike here a couple weeks ago. The weather wasn’t the best but I would totally come back to see what this coastal trails looks like on a nice day!! It was an easy hike not too much of a challenge. I hadn’t been paying attention to the signs but ended up just staying on this and it was still nice! Also there was no cell service (I have AT&T) so keep that in mind if you’re planning to meet with someone! Of course not now with the shelter in place but for next time!

recorded Gray Whale Cove Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike!!

hiking
bugs
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

It was an easy kid friendly trail with beautiful views of the sea.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views. I followed the trail going out, but to make it more exciting on the return hike I veered off trail to hike to the top of the mountain. Steep on the way back down but it was worth it!

running
9 months ago

Beautiful! Jogged this sandy single track with great views of the pacific.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a nice, short, and scenic hike. Wonderful views throughout the trail. After finishing this trail, we crossed the highway to take in the Gray Whale Cove and Beach. Glad we did! There’s a long set of stairs that help make getting to the beach easier! Just a few minutes south of Pacifica, a great trail for a quick hike! And the views!

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

We added on a little from other trails to make a 1 hour 20 min hike. Stunning vistas, a bit of elevation but lots was quite easy. No shade but today a wonderful cool breeze off ocean made it very comfortable

hiking
11 months ago

Short, easy, great views! Lots of poison oak.

hiking
Wed Jul 03 2019

Lots of poison oak. I recommend long pants. A fun hike with an amazing view.

hiking
no shade
Sat May 25 2019

Short and easy. All the elevation is in the beginning and then it's pretty flat. Lots of wildflowers when we went at the end of May, but also a ton of poison oak (I think!). Highway 1 is in between the trail and the water so you get plenty of road noise. Honestly there are more interesting trails close by, but it's still nice to see the water.

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Great little easy hike with gorgeous views of the beach! There’s beach access across the parking lot passes highway one! We went to the beach right after the hike and we loved it! We saw fields of yellow wild flowers and tons of other beautiful wild flowers

recorded Gray Whale Cove Trail

hiking
Wed May 01 2019

Tough hike if you go straight up the mountain . Beautiful views . Lots of lizards !

hiking
bugs
Sun Apr 28 2019

recorded Gray Whale Cove Trail

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

Great views of the coast

hiking
Wed Apr 17 2019

Beautiful wild flowers

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 24 2019

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Tue Mar 19 2019

Great little hike right on the coast. Easy trail. You can go off the path to a hilltop for some incredible views.

hiking
Sun Mar 10 2019

muddy but decent trail

hiking
Sun Mar 10 2019

Nice and easy hike above the highway with Pacific ocean view. We enjoyed some snack on the bench. There was no one in early April.

hiking
Thu Feb 21 2019

Montara mountain trail loop, moderate. very slippery small rocks when dry trail. I would be very cautious with children, but it's possible. I hiked with a three year old, she did very well.

Mon Jan 21 2019

short, easy,pleasant views

Sat Nov 24 2018

Solid beach hike

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