The Southern Beaches at San Gregorio State Beach

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San Gregorio State Beach

The Southern Beaches at San Gregorio State Beach is a 2.9 mile out and back trail located near San Gregorio, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length2.9 miElevation gain255 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingPaddle sportsWalkingBeachCaveWaterfallWildlifeNo dogs
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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.

Park facilities include restrooms and picnic tables.

Weather can be changeable - layered clothing is recommended

The beach is located 10.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1 near the town of San Gregorio which at the turn of the century was a popular vacation town.

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Keri Sturges Anderson
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I just did the short bluff walk but it was .5 miles and beautiful

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RK Tadapaneni
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Pretty nice walk on the beach - secluded as well!

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Sarah Matthews
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Jill Zeng
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Shayla Elam
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There was no waterfall and dogs are allowed. But still a pretty nice walk.

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Tamara Rasberry
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We saw whales breaching very close to shore. Walk about 1/2 mile south of lifeguard tower for best views.

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Evangeline Mendez
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States it is closed due to covid.

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Helene M.
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Nice sunny beach but the San Gregorio lagoon is wide and I wasn’t prepared to cross it.

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Patricia Diaz
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Gorgeous sunset

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Jo D
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Great day hike. Very peaceful.

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Taylor Goldberg
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Didn't find any trails, seems to be just a walk on the beach.

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Mallury Pollard
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Rob Bajor
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Walking

This is a great spot for a short walk while admiring the Pacific Northwest coastline. I didn't see any "hikes" around but it's certainly a great site and possibly a good picnic spot if the weather is right. Lastly, remember to bring $8 in cash for parking (donation/honor based).

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Tonieh Tonieh Chenoweth
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Shalini Bhatia
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Samantha Greenlee
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David Richardson
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Nunio Villegas
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C H
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Oscar Carretero
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Ryan Polkowski
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Oscar Carretero
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Helene M.
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Kyle Burke
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Jie Bai
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Jie Bai
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Jack Cain
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Patricia Diaz
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Jennifer Perry
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