Andrew Molera Beach Trail

EASY 29 reviews
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Andrew Molera Beach Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Big Sur, CA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

4.0 miles 287 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

This is a straightforward easy walk to a secluded and driftwood covered beach. You have to cross the Big Sur River which at times can be a raging torrent. In spring it can be knee high, so be careful. The hike encompasses a walk along the beach where you can view sea otters in the California Coastal Preserve. This is also a good spot for whale watching during seasonal migration. If you hike far enough down the beach, there is a good chance you will be all by yourself, occasionally people still sunbathe in the nude, although the practice has been discouraged by rangers in recent years. You can climb a bluff and connect with the Bluffs Trail if you like, but it will require some sticky bushwhacking.

5 days ago

Crossed the river for this one because the footbridge was down. Freezing cold! But worth it. It was a short one mile walk to the beach. Really beautiful view. Would do again. It would be a great trail to run on.

1 month ago

5 months ago

Be ready for a cold paddle through the stream to get started. It's about knee deep with a stoney bottom. Once you've got your shoes back on then it's an easy walk, even a little dull, but the beach at the end of it is gorgeous. You can loop back through the River Trail, even though the only contact with any river consists of the paddle through the stream that starts and ends both trails at the parking lot. Worth it for the beach.

hiking
6 months ago

walking
8 months ago

In the very beginning u must cross the strong river and than you shoes or feet will be wet. If it is windy then the sand will repeatedly hit you.

birding
10 months ago

Super special place. There is a lagoon. Nice trail, river, eucalyptus trees. Tent camping here-- first come first serve. Saw a bobcat here once.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely awesone. Beach was beautiful.

11 months ago

Just beautiful! Very few people when we went. Bring flip flops to get across the river to the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

geocaching
1 year ago

Great trail. The stream crossing at the start was a barrier for a few and fun for the kids. Great sound of waves on large stones at the beach.

1 year ago

Easy hike to the beach...well worth the hike to see a Big Sur beach.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
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hiking
1 year ago

This one so far was my favorite hike, the only thing is there is a ton of poison oak, and a ton of people on a very narrow trail. Go early! Beautiful ocean views. Make sure you dress in layers! Hot on one side of the hill, and freezing on the coast side, super windy!

1 year ago

yes yes

hiking
3 years ago

nice hike we spotted two bobcats and two deer. Great views of the beach. Want to do the ridge loop next time

hiking
3 years ago

I agree with the other reviewers. Pleasant hike that leads to better: Bluffs, Ridge and Panorama. Don't miss them.

hiking
3 years ago

A beautiful hike with a great combination of mountain views to the east and the Pacific to the west! I highly recommend continuing the Beach Trail on to the Bluffs Trail, which meets up with the Panorama Trail and then the Ridge Trail for a wonderful eight mile loop. Not too strenuous--some uphill work if you get as far as the Panorama Trail, but well-worth it!

hiking
3 years ago

I enjoyed the hike the st Andrew Molera definately gonna make more hiking trips to Andrew Molera.