Nestled at the foot of a small valley, in the area known as “Devil’s Slide”, Gray Whale Cove State Beach is a small, sheltered beach about 800 feet long. The parking lot is located on the east side of the highway and given the traffic, crossing the road can be dangerous.  Please take care. A steep trail leads down to the white-sand beach, where the cliffs shield the beach from view of Highway 1.

The area had also been known in the past as a clothing-optional beach before it became a California State Park, but the practice may continue today.

The beach is named for the frequent sightings of gray whales from the beach. In spring, wildflowers brighten the bluffs above the beach. The granitic rocks of Montara Mountain are the main source of sand for the beach.

Please obey all signs. (Photo: CSPA archive)
View from the beach. (Photo: CSPA archive)
A few of the 147 steps to access the beach. (Photo: CSPA archive)
CSPA’s support for Gray Whale Cove SB
  • In 2012 when State Parks decided to close 70 parks and beaches to save money, CSPA provided funds to keep Gray Whale Cove State Beach open.