Day use area 8am to Sunset
* Camping is not available at this park.
On Monday January 1, 2018, California State Parks invites you to start the New Year outside as part of the sixth annual First Day Hikes initiative across America. First Day Hikes is a nation-wide promotion of healthy lifestyles and year round outdoor recreation through free guided hikes.
Gray Whale Cove First Day Hike
Monday, January 1 at 10am
Join us for a moderate 2-mile, 2-hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites. Rain cancels; event is free. Meet at the north side of the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Tom Lantos tunnel. For more information, please call 650-726-8814. Event is free.
This beach is a popular location for exploring tide pools and surf fishing. The beach is bounded by low hills both to the north and south. Restaurants and grocery stores are nearby. Point Montara has a lighthouse that offers overnight accommodations. It is operated by Hostelling International, a non-profit group.
Montara mountain (also known as McNee Ranch) is part of Montara State Beach. The mountain is a northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains and features the only undisturbed Coastal Mountain Habitat found over 100 miles of coastline.
CAMPING is not available at this park. Nearby state park campgrounds include Half Moon Bay State Beach and Butano State Park.
DOGS are permitted provided they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.
BEACH FIRES are not allowed.
COLLECTING is prohibited. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.
FIREWORKS are prohibited.
SPECIAL EVENTS: permits are required for all events and weddings. For permit information contact: San Mateo Sector Office (650) 726-8819.