Andrew Molera Beach Trail to Creamery Meadows Trail [CLOSED]

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Andrew Molera State Park

Andrew Molera Beach Trail to Creamery Meadows Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 68 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

river

views

closed

no dogs

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 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
2 months ago

There is a fee to park in the park, 10 dollars. But there were like 10 cars parked on the shoulder right outside the park soooo you can choose to do that. The trail starts with knee high water you have to cross. I thought that made it fun, and it made for some cool pictures. On my Apple Watch it was 1 mile from the start to the beach. The beach itself was beautiful, there were a ton of boulders and mountain sides that you can climb. Plus there were a bunch of succulents growing out of the mountain. I would definitely go on this hike again. (Like other reviews two of the trails were closed when we went as well.) We saw a ton of California condor, a wood pecker, and a field full of prairie dogs.

flooded
3 months ago

Only way to access the beach is wading knee-deep across a freezing cold stream. Apparently they closed the other path that doesn't require this. The beach offers some nice scenery but be prepared to be sand-blasted on certain days. The Bluffs Trail was not as scenic as the name would imply.

hiking
4 months ago

You need to wade through a knee high river but once you get through that the path is easy and well maintained. We brought 5 kids ages 4-8 and they all did it easily.

hiking
bridge out
flooded
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

walking
4 months 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!

hiking
bridge out
closed
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Quality trail that leads to a nice beach. Pretty flat the whole way.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail that leads you to a wonderful beach. It was mostly secluded and has a creek that runs straight into the ocean! Very easy.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy stroll — they built a small bridge to go over the creek which is nice. Trail leads you to a beautiful beach with unique drift wood structures

hiking
8 months ago

Highly recommend these set of trails for families. Have options and offer flat dry trails. Great ocean views. Stream now has a bridge to cross to avoid getting feet wet. Beach doesn’t have the cleanest white sand but has spots down the beach depending how far you want to walk. Some areas have a lot of rocks and tends to always be windy. All the trails are great with great views!

hiking
11 months ago

It is a fine and easy trail. As of July 1st 2019 the ‘Beach Trail’ was not accessible. You can only take the ‘Creamery Meadows’ there and back. Unsure when this changed, but this is when we accessed it. Very quick and short round trip. Leads to a beach with cool teepees made out of driftwood. Was very windy with whipping sand storms when we went. No real changes in elevation. Short. Flat. Easy walk. You do have to go over the Big Sur river at one point via some large wooden planks. Strollers not recommended, but doable. Again this review is based on only being able to do the Creamery Meadows Trail from the parking lot to the beach and back. There was no loop option. ‘Beach Trail’ does not seem to exist. $10 to park. You put the money in a provided envelope and place it in a box. You tear off a stub to keep on your dash. Says ranger checks periodically. You can park at the top of the hill along the road if you don’t have the right change or don’t want to pay.

hiking
Sat Oct 20 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Oct 14 2018

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.

walking
Sun Oct 07 2018

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

nature trips
Mon Jul 09 2018

Easy walk to the beach and spectacular beach yet super super windy

Fri Jul 06 2018

Easy trail with plenty of shade. Stay on the trail, otherwise you will run into a lot of poison oak.

Fri Jun 08 2018

Nice

Sun May 27 2018

Lots of poison oak. Would probably only do this again if I decided to surf the river mouth. Very trafficked.

walking
Wed May 02 2018

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.

Sun Apr 15 2018

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!

nature trips
Tue Mar 13 2018

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.

hiking
Wed Feb 14 2018

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...

Tue Jan 02 2018

Amazing beach! We had a magical day here.

Mon Nov 27 2017

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

Sat Oct 28 2017

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

Sat Oct 14 2017

Beautiful. The best so far in Big Sur

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