Grey Whale Cove Trail is a 1 mile easy hike between Grey Whale Cove Parking lot and the Martini Creek gate, (2 miles round trip). At each end there is a short, moderate incline then the trail levels off and contours the hillside above Highway 1. On a clear day the ocean view is breathtaking.You can see Montara State Beach from the southern end of the trail, (photo 1). Biking and horseback riding are also permitted on the trail, (photo 2).
Besides admiring the ocean view, the hillside is home to a diverse number of wild flowers that can be seen during spring months such as Douglas Iris, (photo 3).
If you are willing to descend a fairly lengthy staircase, I recommend visiting Grey Whale Cove State Beach, (photo 4). It is a lovely beach perfect for picnics and letting the kids play in the sand, (photo 5).
As an undeveloped area there is no drinking water. Portapotties are situated at the top of the staircase leading down to the beach.
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