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Gray Whale Cove State Beach in Montara, California

Gray Whale Cove State Beach is in an area of steep cliff erosion between Pacifica and Montara called the “Devil’s Slide.” The beach itself is safe, but the old highway in this area was re-routed through a tunnel to avoid the dangerous slide zone. Gray Whale Cove State Beach is a well-known clothing-optional beach in San Mateo County, just a short drive from San Francisco. Edun Beach is the nickname for the north end of this beach where it is mostly clothingless (edun is n-u-d-e spelled backwards). At times, especially on busy weekends, the entire beach will be clothing-optional. so keep that in mind if you plan to visit this public┬ábeach. The Gray Whale Cove parking lot is on the east side of Highway 1 on the bluff above the beach. After you park, carefully walk across the highway to the descent at the north end of the guardrail. There is a steep trail and a steep stairway to the beach. The local rule here seems to be that after you reach the beach, go left for the normal state beach area and go right for the clothing-optional beach. Whale watching is a common activity here during their migration period (yes binoculars at a clothing-optional beach seems creepy). There is a nice hiking trail from the parking lot that goes south and connects with Montara State Beach. Directly above Gray Whale Cove to the north is a rotting old WWII bunker on what is known as Bunker Point. Unfortunately it’s now signed for “no entry” due to unsafe conditions, but it’s a unique structure visible from the beach.

Address
Cabrillo Hwy
Montara, CA 94037
Park Name
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Owner
State Park
Other Names
Devils Slide Beach, Grey Whale Cove
Activities
Whale Watching, Hiking, Sunbathing, Surfing
Amenities
Trails, Military Ruins, No Facilities
Pet Policy
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fees
No fee for parking

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