Explore the most popular views 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.

hiking
12 hours ago

This hike was great! We went clockwise as others have said, it definitely helps as your legs might get tired at the end.

The Park Service had to reroute some of the trails because of the landslides last year, so Creamery Meadows trail is closed. You will cross the knee-deep river and continue on Beach Trail for ~.75 miles. Take a left Bluff trail. Bluff trail will come to a fork and you should go left to take the Ridge Trail. From there everything is the same.

You'll welcome the wind at the peak of the hike when you get there! :) It was so gusty we lost a hat when we went.

Definitely some Posion Oak, mostly lower down, so make sure to wear long pants.

Took this Bluffs Trail up to the Ridges and Back down. One of my favorite hikes. Barely any traffic and just beautiful absolutely stunning views. Big Sur ought to be on everyone’s list and Andrew Molera does a wonderful preservation job at keeping wildlife and flora in comfort.

hiking
15 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Start by crossing knee deep gently flowing river. Water felt great. Took clockwise route to get all the uphills out of the way early. Had a nice breeze and the ascension grade seemed steady but fair with flat sections to catch your breath. Beautiful redwood forest at the top with nice views on all sides. Coastal portion is overgrown but beautiful and full of color from flowers and plants. Can mostly avoid the thorns but tread lightly on the way down. Reminds me of coastal hikes I've done at Pt Reyes. So refreshing and highly recommended. Not many people early on a Saturday, mainly people coming to beach

on Bluff Trail Loop

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing hike! Went clock-wise as many suggested. The uphill portion was tough, but worth it with all the breathtaking views. Nice conditioning! Took us a little over 4 hours, but we stopped several times for pictures and lunch. Encountered a few people on the trail (on a Saturday) but for the majority of the time we had the trail to ourselves. Would highly recommend this trail! Bring a jacket for the top.

5/2/18: The beach trail was closed due to a fire, you can still go to the beach by going through creamery.
First stop, you get to cross a small river (you will get your feet wet during that time of the year). After the first “obstacle”, it’s a really casual walk. Flowers and birds on the way with the beach at the very end of course!
Parking is $10.

Took the inland loop up. Rolling uphill after another uphill and yet another uphill. Then down along the coast with gorgeous views. Trail a bit overgrown on the downward and coastal side. Watch out for poison oak everywhere. A nice long hike.

lovely flat trail on a gorgeous bluebird day. Fording the creek was a fun adventure, lots of kiddo's doing it. Creamery trail was closed but driftwood beach at the end a fun goal, will be putting in 50hikeswithkids.com!

hiking
1 month ago

Did the trail clockwise, however agree with Chris Lingle's comment below about both ways having advantages and disadvantages. Clockwise you are going downhill on uneven paths and uphill on stable ground, but it was nice to get the brutal uphill portion out of the way on the first half of the loop. Would recommend wearing something you don't mind getting wet while treading through waist/thigh high water, hiking boots and lots of water+sunscreen! Very beautiful hike! Took us closer to 5 hours, kept getting distracted by nature!!

Amazing nature walk. Cross a river, walk through a meadow, carve some gnarly paths and end up on a wide open beach! It's cold but worth it.

Beautiful hike!!! Well worth the drive! Can’t wait to go back! Bring a towel to dry off your feet at the beginning of the trail (or bring water shoes).

hiking
2 months ago

Side loop on Spring Trail takes you down to ocean near junction of Bluff Trail and Panorama Trail. Last bit of Spring Trail involves fun scrambling over tangle of driftwood logs, before reaching a very secluded beach tucked in between two headlands. Good for lunch or a snack. We were unfortunately a bit rushed to finish entire loop, which we did in counter-clockwise direction. Although others recommend clockwise, I'm not sure. It's often the downhills that can cause problems, and clockwise you are going downhill on more loose rock and rutted paths, while on the other it is essentially a more continuously sloped road. Advantages and disadvantages either well, but great views in all directions. Entire loop, including lunch on the Spring Trail loop was around 3 hours 15 minutes.

hiking
3 months 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!

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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!

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

Good mountain bike trails. You’ll be tired.

Amazing beach! We had a magical day here.

hiking
4 months 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.)

hiking
4 months ago

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
4 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
5 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.

hard hike!! We took the South boundry trail straight uphill. it was difficult and there was no shade until you are about two thirds of the way up. but...Beautiful! Redwood forest about a mile from the top, stunning. the panoramic trail coming down is beautiful, but it zigzags all over. a trench has been dug in tje trail which made hiking precarious. i guess for rain water, but it is difficult to navigate. Defintely a great hike, bring a stick, a friend, and enough water. ran acrossed a mountain lion chasing two deer on the way back to the car.

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