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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


nature trips


bird watching





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.

2 hours 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.

1 month 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

1 month 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!

3 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.

11 months ago

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.

Sunday, October 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.

Sunday, October 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
Monday, July 09, 2018

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

Friday, July 06, 2018

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

Friday, June 08, 2018


Sunday, May 27, 2018

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

Wednesday, 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.

Sunday, April 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!

nature trips
Tuesday, March 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.

Wednesday, February 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...

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Amazing beach! We had a magical day here.

Monday, November 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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Beautiful. The best so far in Big Sur

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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.

Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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.

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.

bird watching
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.

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.

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.

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