Gray Whale Cove SB

State Beach

The beach (a.k.a. Devil's Slide) features a sheltered cove surrounded by cliffs that drop abruptly into the Pacific Ocean. A steep trail leads down to the beach. There is a small picnic area on the bluff above.  Gray whales can often be seen close to the shore.

Sunbathing is the most popular activity between mid-April and mid-May.

On the San Mateo Coast, north of Montara on U.S. Highway 1. The only available automobile parking is on the east side of the highway. Crossing to the ocean side of the highway can be both difficult and dangerous.

Seasons/Climate - Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Dogs are prohibited at all times. 
Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf

Please, NO beach fires are allowed.

Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.  Fireworks are prohibited.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Day-use Area 8:00am to Sunset

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (650) 726-8819

  • Region

    San Francisco Bay Area


    San Mateo

  • Purchase Annual Passes



Operating Hours

Day-use Area
8:00 AM to Sunset

Please be advised, Gray Whale Cove SB is one of the few California State Parks that does not accept the Annual Day Use Pass.