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The Southern Beaches, San Gregorio State Beach

Heading South on the Beach

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  San Gregorio was established to protect an estuary at the back of a wide, driftwood-strewn sandy beach. During dry seasons the... more »

Tips:  Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
Weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trailhead is at the southwest corner of the parking area near the picnic benches, restroom, and Ranger’s Booth. It overlooks the estuary mouth and beach.

Initially we tried to hike into the estuary in search of a trail but found none. Instead we decided to head south on the beach as far as possible before the incoming tide pinched out the... More

2. Cave

Etched into the sandstone cliff base this little cave extends back about 12 feet. It appears to have a spring in it as much of the floor’s a very sticky mud.

3. Waterfall

Seasonal Waterfall. It appears active when there's storm run-off.

4. Narrows

Bluff and low spot on the beach. The incoming tide can pinch out the beach here to the bluffs.

5. Historical Marker

A stone marker with a missing plaque commemorates the three days Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolà's expedition camped at the Ohlone village near the mouth of San Gregorio Creek to rest and treat their sick in 1769, during his first attempt to reach Monterey Bay. On this trip the expedition would discover San Francisco Bay. The site is... More