The Southern Beaches at San Gregorio State Beach

EASY 20 reviews

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, walking, and sea kayaking.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 255 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


paddle sports





no dogs

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.

no shade
washed out
7 months ago

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

Sun Jan 06 2019

Gorgeous sunset

Wed Aug 08 2018

Great day hike. Very peaceful.

Sun Sep 10 2017

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

Fri May 12 2017

Mon Jan 23 2017

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).

Wed Nov 02 2016

Great Views...

scenic driving
Fri Aug 19 2016

Breathtaking views.

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recorded Recording - Jul 28, 06:15 PM

5 months ago

Sun Nov 11 2018