Catch a Sunset at Gray Whale Cove

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Added by Gene Reyes

Easy out-and-back hike overlooking Pacific Coast Highway. Catch the sunset or go in for a quick walk!

Starting at the parking lot adjacent to Gray Whale Cove State Beach, proceed to the start sign indicating "Grey Whale Cove Trail".

GWCT is a fun brisk hike with slight elevation gain that should be easy enough to take a small group or even children to. Take note of the tight spaces you may encounter along the trail. There is an abundance of picturesque wildflowers and the beautiful view of Highway One/Pacific Coast Highway. Rabbits are also present during spring time. Remember to respect their habitat, do not litter or feed!

Catch the sunset for the optimal lighting situation for photographing the beautiful landscape, find the bench near summit and soak in the view!

If you want a longer hike, check out the Gray Whale Cove Trail

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Main Squeeze
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Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

265 Feet


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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