Andrew Molera Beach Trail

EASY 46 reviews
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Andrew Molera Beach Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Big Sur, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
285 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

no dogs

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.

hiking
9 days ago

22 days ago

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

1 month ago

Beautiful. The best so far in Big Sur

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

Extremely windy conditions at the beach prevented us from fully enjoying the beautiful coast. There were some very interesting structures made from wood that provide some respite from the biting cold wind.

3 months ago

We hiked this and then did the ridge trail out and back a bit. It was very pretty from up high, I would recommended heading up the bluff for. Enter views.

Couple years ago

11 months ago

Crossed the river for this one because the footbridge was down. Freezing cold! But worth it. It was a short one mile walk to the beach. Really beautiful view. Would do again. It would be a great trail to run on.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Be ready for a cold paddle through the stream to get started. It's about knee deep with a stoney bottom. Once you've got your shoes back on then it's an easy walk, even a little dull, but the beach at the end of it is gorgeous. You can loop back through the River Trail, even though the only contact with any river consists of the paddle through the stream that starts and ends both trails at the parking lot. Worth it for the beach.

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

walking
Monday, March 28, 2016

In the very beginning u must cross the strong river and than you shoes or feet will be wet. If it is windy then the sand will repeatedly hit you.

birding
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Super special place. There is a lagoon. Nice trail, river, eucalyptus trees. Tent camping here-- first come first serve. Saw a bobcat here once.

hiking
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Absolutely awesone. Beach was beautiful.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Just beautiful! Very few people when we went. Bring flip flops to get across the river to the trail.

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

geocaching
Monday, November 30, 2015

Great trail. The stream crossing at the start was a barrier for a few and fun for the kids. Great sound of waves on large stones at the beach.