Looking for a great trail in Andrew Molera State Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Andrew Molera State Park ranging from 2.1 to 4.5 miles and from 36 to 131 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Great hike. Good views.

***Don’t let the crossing stop you from doing this hike!

This is a beautiful hike. I did it in the pouring rain. All 8+ miles it rained. The coastline was still beautiful and visible and the ocean was rough but so powerful. I can’t imagine this hike not being incredible in any weather or any month of the year. The river crossing... it was flowing fast and I couldn’t see the bottom because of all the rain. WITH THAT BEING SAID, it was still no big deal... at all and actually pretty fun! I’m 5’1 and the water was just above my knees but at no point did I feel unsteady. The water level was mid shin before all the rain, when I began. The bottom is smooth and there really isn’t anything to trip you up. At the start of my hike I took my boots and socks off to cross, on the way back I left them on. The river is right at the start of the trail. Again, don’t let the crossing stop you from doing this hike!

It’s a long one but beautiful! Completed this in July, make sure you bring your sunscreen!

1 month ago

pros: The trail was very easy to follow and well maintained. (Watch for the occasional bikers. )There is only one access (official) point to the beach but once on the beach u can enjoy the miles of sandy shores.
Cons: no toilet, no drink water except parking lot.

Great day hike. We started up the ridge trail and finished descending to the bluff trail. Would suggest this direction for the views and to get the climbing done early. River crossing was cold but refreshing and ankle to knee deep. Scenery is beautiful and diverse with ridge views of the mountains and beach, walks through the forest featuring a redwood grove, and breathtaking views from the top. Ascent up ridge trail has plenty of areas to rest. This was my first hike in Big Sur and it was a memorable one!

One of the best day-trails in Big Sur

Took the ridge trail up and the Bluff trail back down. lovely views both ways, took about 3.5 hours round-trip.

Did it on Christmas day 2018. The ocean was blue! It was a beautiful hike with stunning views. The stream at the beginning was flowing quite fast and was cold, it was very refreshing.

Trail is in great condition! Well marked with stunning views of the coastline.
River crossing is easy and refreshing. Highly recommend!!!

Trail has reopened today! Beautiful views, perfectly clear day. River at beginning is shallow and easily passable.

Tried accessing the Bluffs Loop, only to find the park closed and the trail inaccessible due to high, fast moving water. What a bummer. Please fix this bridge!!

Definitely do this one counter clockwise, I got my elevation gain done early in the hike and the descent was much more beautiful than if I had done it in reverse. Pretty heavily exposed hike though I didn't have amazing views due to some late spring fog/clouds. It's worth it definitely to detour to the beach which only adds a short amount to this steadily moderate hike. Be prepared to do at least one water crossing very early in the hike and to bring a lot of water. There was one place I could have refilled but I suspect in the warmer months that source dries up.

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2 months ago

Gorgeous views on a clear day, but equally worth the trek in the fog. Definitely take the clockwise route (uphill first) to get the best views on the way down. The hidden beach with purple sand is also worth a stop!

Excellent views. Perfect weather today

Stunning walk. Views amazing.

Nice walk. A flat smooth trail with lots of shade. Opened up to a beautiful beach which was not overcrowded at all. Nice little hike to end our day with the dogs.

Very easy, smooth, wide, and shaded trail. The poison oak was very red this week. The season must be coming to an end. Oak trees are awesome, and some very large, The beach was covered with drift wood. When the waves were going back into the sea, they were able to move some of the rocks at the waters edge. You could hear the rocks bumping into each other, I have never heard this before and it was really interesting. The parking lock charges ten dollars, to park but I saw a number of cars parked on the side of the road, Wild flowers were still in bloom. Very nine hike.

Did this hike with two and four year old children. Beautiful beach and gorgeous coastline await you after hiking through a shaded trail.

Scenery: 3
Views: 3.5
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 3
Shade: 2

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Followed recommendations to do the uphill Ridge trail first then connecting to the Panorama trail and finally Bluff trail., clockwise. Good advise because then the best ocean views are in front of u for second half of the hike and it’s cooler. However wish I’d know that the first 3 to 4 miles or so are uphill and extremely strenuous with no ocean views. A good hike if you’re a fit person!

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5 months ago

Nice easy kid friendly hike to the beach. Kids will specially enjoy the foot bridge that comes at the start of the hike. Beach is scenic but was very windy.

Nice hike! Good views!
Took me 3.5 hours to complete with photo and snack breaks. It can get quite windy sometimes.

Beautiful trail! Took me about 4 hours to do the full loop with a beach break. Recommend to bring water/snacks and long pants.

Moderate, no shade. Very nice at the beach area with purple sand (spring trail)

Great hike! The beach trail was closed but the hike is tough and rewarding. The first portion of the hike is incline but the second half is mostly decline.Great views overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It is best to go in the morning to catch the cool breeze. There was fog in the morning but cleared up towards the end of the hike.

Pretty strenuous for a hot day in August. As others have said lots of poison oak, but great views of the ocean and plenty of condors. The redwoods, and oaks at the top were awesome. We didn’t have much fog, so the panoramic views of the coastline were great.

SO BEAUTIFUL & SO LONG. Make sure you leave pretty early so you can spend more time on the beautiful beach - if you plan on doing the whole loop

Pretty hike but little challenge. Same but nice view of the Pacific Ocean the entire way. Take care for poison oak and you may need to bush wack a touch. We did see the trail maintenance crew out to start cleaning it up which was relieving for future hikers.

Great hike. Amazing views. The beach is a plus, secluded not too crowded and with pink sand!!! Not an easy one but keep with it.... yes poison ivy, be careful. Do it clockwise, easier.

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