hiking

views

walking

no dogs

birding

beach

ANDREW MOLERA State Park is open for shuttle parking and day-hiking on the west side of Highway 1. Open trails include the Bobcat Trail, Creamery Meadow Trail (to the beach), Ridge Trail, Panorama Trail, Spring Trail and Bluffs Trail. Trail Camp/Headlands Trail is closed. Trails on the east side of Highway 1 are closed. The campground is closed. For details on the new shuttle service, see Big Sur Shuttle Service. In the spectacular Big Sur area, Andrew Molera State Park is still relatively undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking and beach-combing. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive walk-in trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one third mile from the parking area. Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

hiking
3 days ago

Go Clockwise if you want to get the hard part out of the way. Strenuous inclines but well worth the effort. You won’t be disappointed at the views of the crashing waves. Bring snacks and water to enjoy along the way!

The views are amazing. I did it clockwise and thankful I read the review prior. A must do hike if in the Monterey area.

Just did this hike about a month ago, it was absolutely beautiful. Although there are portions I remember hiking in the past that are now closed unfortunately, I ended up just going along the beach for a few hours as the tide dropped...kind of the same scenery and feels endless...a nice serene feeling and beautiful fog...

hiking
10 days ago

Gorgeous hike with varying landscapes and killer views. We followed others suggestions and hiked clockwise; most difficult part the ascent is at the beginning too. I’d rate the hike more moderate than hard. Start to finish took us 3 hrs

hiking
24 days ago

The “beach trail” marked at the end (if you’re doing this trail clockwise) is very much CLOSED though it’s not blocked off. We ended up forcing our way through fallen trees and tons of poison oak to get out to the parking lot. Save yourself and go back to the initial trail you take in (creamery meadows) instead of trying to do the parallel beach trail! Also, the summit is the best place to sit and have a snack/lunch - not really anywhere else to do so. Overall a great loop with a challenging climb (as others mention, definitely do it clockwise) and spectacular views (which you can directly look at on the descent if you go the clockwise route). Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! As mentioned, the clockwise route is probably best way to go - not only for the view coming down towards the ocean but also because you’ll knock the ascend out at the start while your legs are fresh. Happy hiking!

The road is open to bicycles and hikers per Andrew molera state beach ranger January 2018.

This is the old coast road and it is open to bicycles and hikers . There are locked gates-you can go around them. The road itself is not private property, but the surrounding land is-so stay on the road. Information given to me by molera state beach ranger January 2018.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! I had to take off our shoes to cross the river. It was cold!!! I recommend bringing a towel to dry off once you cross. As many mention on here do the look clockwise to get the best views. The trail along the ocean are very narrow compare to the trail along the hwy 1.

Once you get to the top, I recommend to go a bit further up along the wired divided. You will get a great view of the ocean. There is a log where you can stand and take pics. Take snacks to enjoy there.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Good mountain bike trails. You’ll be tired.

Amazing beach! We had a magical day here.

hiking
1 month ago

Truly extraordinary hike - from start to finish. (Bring flip flops or water shoes and a small towel to dry your feet! You need to cross a short ice cold creek to get started and finish.)

Great hike with spectacular views and take it in the clockwise direction. Please note that the bridge on one side is closed so you have to take off your shoes and wade through a stream, the water is freezing cold.

hiking
1 month ago

12.23.17

Good mix of trees and great beach views. Got lucky bc it was a clear day for views. Go clockwise makes for a better hike. Not much shade bring a hat.

Trail has not been maintained well. You can find it coming down from the ridge, but from the road, the trail disappears a quarter mile in and is next to impossible to find. Fallen trees and poison oak every where.

hiking
2 months ago

Go clockwise on the loop as the payoff(views) and grade work in your benefit

hiking
2 months ago

We loved this loop and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a moderately challenging loop with spectacular views. If you do the hike clockwise you'll have a slow, long, moderate climb up to the top of the ridge through a pleasant forest with views at the start then again at the end of the climb. Then a somewhat steep switchback section down to the bluffs where you'll be rewarded with a nearly flat trail for the last half of the hike. Counterclockwise, you get the long flat bluffs trail before a very steep, switchback climb up to the ridge halfway through the hike. Then a long, slow, gradual descent back to the start of the trail. Either way is fantastic!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy stroll (once you cross the VERY COLD IN NOVEMBER) creek. Be ready to have sandy feet when you put shoes back on after creek crossing; we opted to just barefoot whole way and back.
BEACH IS GORGEOUS

great walk and a beautiful beach, all flat and well maintened.

Load More