Looking for a great trail in Andrew Molera State Park, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs no 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 5 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.

1/12/20 I clocked a little over 9 miles on this trail. Saw a larger bob cat about 1 mild in(I posted a pic of it, not afraid of me at all) Awesome trail that starts out steep for a few miles with breathtaking mountain views. Then even more breathtaking ocean views down the mountain on the way back that I ran for the last 3-4 miles. The beach is a short extra distance and totally worth checking out!!! This is one of my favorite trails ever by far with and great workout and major rewards. I wish I could do this one every day. Oh and if parts are too muddy you can just walk around those parts...

Be prepared to cross a knee-high river right at the start of the hike. Icy cold water but refreshing and fun! The rest of the hike to the beach is completely flat and easy. We had the entire beach nearly to ourselves and walked for miles along the coast without seeing a soul. Very windy but incredibly beautiful.

We did this trail then went up to the bluff trail from there. There’s no bridge right now so we did have to wade through the river - it went above the knees for my husband and I - he’s 6’2”, and I’m 5’7” - so the water is high. But it was a fun refreshing moment and tho cold it isn’t that bad. Tons of families were crossing at the same time as us and everyone was having fun. I’d suggest wearing a swimsuit and bringing a towel so you can just take off your pants to cross. It’s totally worth it. The walk is pleasant and the beach is secluded and beautiful.

I’m sure this hike is amazing during the spring and summer but it was so muddy we didn’t make it more than half a mile before deciding to turn back. Our shoes were soaked through to our socks. We will return to do this when there hasn’t been rain and it’s not so muddy, or we’ll come back with proper waterproof hiking footwear.

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no shade
19 days ago

The beach trail was closed and we were told was flooded over. The Creamery Meadows/River Trail crossing required us to wade through about 30 feet of knee high water to get across. There is an easy walk down to the water on the river trail after the crossing. Beach area is beautiful and was worth it. Gorgeous sunset. WARNING, I went off trail looking for the Beach trail in the parking lot and ended up taking two deer ticks off me!! Definitely some ticks in the area!

This is a 5 star, no-nonsense moderate to challenging, 8.5 mile hike. The views are second to none, but winter conditions and lack of footbridge availability mean fording the Big Sur at entry and departure which could be up to your thighs, if you’re 5’3” like me. You absolutely need the proper, waterproof footwear to keep you safe, comfortable and dry if you plan on doing the entire loop, or even the Bluff Trail out and back as conditions made an otherwise magical excursion quite brutal for the last several miles. All in all, we’ll look back in love, but in the moment, had some frustrating obstacles. Bon voyage!

The bridge at the beginning is gone and you have to cross 3 feet of strong current. Trail is very muddy.

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bugs
over grown
26 days ago

My hike shows one way but we started at the bottom. Steep steady climb but completely worth it for the views. Great access to Piedra Blanca. But trail is overgrown at times and there are ticks, quite possibly poison oak but hard to tell in winter. Really fun tho

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bridge out
closed
muddy
26 days ago

Great loop with views throughout. If you are reading this within a few days of me writing this, I highly recommend you take the loop counter clockwise as we did. The climb up from the coastal bluffs was very tricky due to slick mud and erosion-descending down this in a clockwise manner would have been much much more difficult. In drier conditions I prefer the more popular clockwise route, but not at the present with all the recent rains. Water level at creek crossing is up to the middle of my thigh and I’m 6’ tall! Enjoy!

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blowdown
bugs
fee
flooded
muddy
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over grown
rocky
1 month ago

It was a good one but not the best :)

hiking
1 month ago

Prepare to get your toes wet and the start of the trail. Icy water in winter but fun! Flat and easy trail with some muddy spots. Rewarding view at the end.

Great trail, but I didn't appreciate there wasn't an option to avoid wading through 2ft deep water. It's a spot that would be easy enough to install a small foot bridge over, and it would spare my boots getting soaked right at the start of an 8 mile hike and right after it. I'm in the minority of people who have issues with messed up toes to the point I'd avoid wobbling over rocks and jamming my foot. The trails great though.

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over grown
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

For about 2 miles hiking up, there were nonstop overgrown bushes and plants. I was hoping to get an uphill workout but the bushy trail slowed me down. :( specially with poison oak :( I couldn’t enjoy the views either

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