Gray Whale Cove Beach to San Pedro Valley
11.2 miles     2500 ft
19 Jun 2010
Summary

Gorgeous hike through varied terrain. Starting off with great ocean views, the hike meanders through forests and ridges with awesome valley views. Plenty of wildflowers in spring.

Location: McNee Ranch State ParkSan Pedro Valley County Park

Elevation Profile
Trailhead

Location: along Cabrillo Highway (CA-1) in Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From I-280 North, take exit 47 to merge onto CA-1 South toward Pacifica. Drive for 10.3 miles to reach a parking lot on your left, to the east of Highway 1.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: Jan 2011)

Capacity: Almost 30 cars may be parked here.

Latitude: 37.563332     Longitude: -122.512836

Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Good map showing various trails. Mileage information is missing.

Route

To San Pedro Valley Visitor Center (5.3 miles): Gray Whale Cove Trail (1.16 miles) to Montara Beach parking lot (entrance to McNee Ranch off Highway 1). North Peak Access Rd (0.95 miles) → San Pedro Mountain Rd (0.79 miles) → Montara Mountain Trail (2.39 miles) to San Pedro Valley Visitor Center.

To Gray Whale Cove Parking Lot (5.9 miles) Climb ~ 1200 ft by following Old Trout Farm Loop Trail (0.42 miles) → Brooks Creek Trail (0.74 miles) → Montara Mountain Trail (1.07 miles). Descend ~ 1200 ft by following North Peak Access Rd (1.02 miles) → San Pedro Mountain Rd (0.78 miles) to reach intersection with North Peak Access Rd. Continue along San Pedro Mountain Rd (1.01 miles) → connector (0.06 miles) → Gray Whale Beach Trail (0.86 miles) to Gray Whale Beach parking lot.

Additional Maps: For this hike, you would need the following maps:

  1. San Pedro Valley County Park: WebsiteTrail MapYelp Reviews.
  2. Gray Whale Cove Beach: Trail Map.

Notes: You may start this hike from Montara State Beach trail head for McNee Ranch.That would shorten the hike by about 1.7 miles.

Gray Whale Cove Trail

Full photo album — 19 June 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in McNee Ranch and San Pedro Valley.
Montara Mountain Trail

Full photo album — 19 June 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in McNee Ranch and San Pedro Valley.
Old Trout Farm Loop Trail

Full photo album — 19 June 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in McNee Ranch and San Pedro Valley.
Brooks Creek Trail

Full photo album — 19 June 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in McNee Ranch and San Pedro Valley.
San Pedro Mountain Road

Full photo album — 19 June 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Grand Loop in McNee Ranch and San Pedro Valley.
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