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Best bird watching trails in Andrew Molera State Park, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Andrew Molera State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Andrew Molera State Park, California
Park information
Acreage:
4,766 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
8:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
8:00 am - dusk
Thursday
8:00 am - dusk
Friday
8:00 am - dusk
Saturday
8:00 am - dusk
Sunday
8:00 am - dusk
Contact
831-667-1112
Helpful links
Top trails (7)
#1 - Beach, Bluffs, Panorama, Ridge, and Creamery Meadow Loop
Andrew Molera State Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
A loop that offers beautiful ocean vistas, meadows and forests. Please note that partial trail closures leading to the beach have been reported for this trail as of 06/16/2020.Show more
#2 - Andrew Molera Beach Trail to Creamery Meadows Trail
Andrew Molera State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 58 m
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.Show more
#3 - Creamery Meadows Trail
Andrew Molera State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h
On October 31, 2018 the seasonal footbridge crossing the Big Sur River was removed for the season. Hikers wishing to access the beach, Creamery Meadow, Ridge, Bluffs, Panorama and Spring trails must wade across the Big Sur River. The footbridge is expected to be back in place mid-June, 2019.Show more
#4 - Andrew Molera Beach Trail
Andrew Molera State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 53 m
#5 - East Molera Trail to Post Summit
Andrew Molera State Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 6 h 2 m
Note: Users report that there are a lot of ticks on this trail.Show more
#6 - Bobcat Trail
Andrew Molera State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
#7 - Manuel Peak via East Molera Trail and Manuel Peak Trail
Andrew Molera State Park
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 8 h 54 m
This route begins at the Andrew Molera State Park parking lot and ascends Post Summit and Manuel Peak.Show more