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Whaler’s Cove in Pescadero, California

Whaler’s Cove is a small secluded beach in Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park. Seals congregate here during part of the year and humans aren’t allowed when they are present. Tidepooling is popular at low tide in the cove when seals are absent. To get here, park in the main parking lot then walk across the road that dead-ends at the lighthouse. You’ll come to a spot called Council Circle and the steps to Whaler’s Cove start there. Mel’s Lane is a short trail that follows the bluff above Whaler’s Cove. A better walk from here is to head toward the point on a boardwalk that passes by the buildings and the lighthouse on the way to an overlook platform with grand views. The lighthouse keeper’s buildings have been converted to a hostel with 59 beds to rent. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Peninsula Open Space Trust for acquiring this property from private landowners and then transferring it to the state in 2005. Soon after that POST helped install the steps to make access to Whalers Cove easy and safe again.

Address
210 Pigeon Point Rd
Pescadero, CA 94060
Park Name
Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
Owner
State Park
Activities
Tidepooling, Walking
Amenities
Lighthouse, Restrooms, Tide Pools, Trails, Hostel
Pet Policy
Dogs allowed on leash at cove, but not at the lighthouse grounds
Fees
Free parking

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