Andrew Molera Beach Trail to Creamery Meadows Trail

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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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

river

views

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.

15 days ago

Nice

27 days ago

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

walking
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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
3 months ago

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
4 months ago

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...

5 months ago

Amazing beach! We had a magical day here.

6 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

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

Beautiful. The best so far in Big Sur

10 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.

10 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.

11 months ago

Couple years ago

Thursday, December 01, 2016

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.

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.

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
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.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Easy hike to the beach...well worth the hike to see a Big Sur beach.

hiking
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This one so far was my favorite hike, the only thing is there is a ton of poison oak, and a ton of people on a very narrow trail. Go early! Beautiful ocean views. Make sure you dress in layers! Hot on one side of the hill, and freezing on the coast side, super windy!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

yes yes

hiking
Sunday, October 06, 2013

nice hike we spotted two bobcats and two deer. Great views of the beach. Want to do the ridge loop next time

hiking
Thursday, October 03, 2013

I agree with the other reviewers. Pleasant hike that leads to better: Bluffs, Ridge and Panorama. Don't miss them.

hiking
Monday, August 26, 2013

A beautiful hike with a great combination of mountain views to the east and the Pacific to the west! I highly recommend continuing the Beach Trail on to the Bluffs Trail, which meets up with the Panorama Trail and then the Ridge Trail for a wonderful eight mile loop. Not too strenuous--some uphill work if you get as far as the Panorama Trail, but well-worth it!

hiking
Sunday, May 26, 2013

I enjoyed the hike the st Andrew Molera definately gonna make more hiking trips to Andrew Molera.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Very serene beach hike with picturesque meadows. Big Sur River also meets the ocean creating really interesting wave patterns not to mention the trail beside it was beautiful.

hiking
Monday, May 20, 2013

Great ocean views on the loop trail. Plenty of trails to keep you busy all day. Start on the ridge side and finish ocean side. Hiked 8
miles and most was easy to moderate.

hiking
Sunday, March 31, 2013

Loved this hike. Did it on a whim with kids and found it to be a very easy out and back with an awesome beach destination. Be prepared to wade a small stream; apparently a bridge is out. But the wade was easy. Wade again out at the beach: you can cross the narrow river mouth (it's shallow but a fairly swift current, at least in March, so be careful). from there scramble up a rocky bluff for some really cool views up and down the coastline.

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