Catch a Sunset at Gray Whale Cove



1 miles

Elevation Gain

265 ft

Route Type


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

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Great sunset spot

Great spot for sunset. Bring a picnic! Remember to bring a flashlight in case it gets dark for your walk back up.

Secluded Beach

This is a picturesque beach with tall cliffs on one side. You have to do a teeny hike down to the beach. There is parking in a turnout across the road. It's a fun little place to explore, and there are usually no crowds. I think this is also a nude beach.

Breathtaking views

We were driving back to SF from half moon bay when we looked or the window and had to pull over to admire the ocean views.

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Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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