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This trail should not be listed. It’s completely private property from highway 1, including the lagoon and beach. Please don’t try to use this trail as the sheriff and CHP are on to any trespassers.

This hike as described is impassable for both cars and hikers. The northern most mile of the described trail is through private property. There are clearly marked fences indicating it is private property.

We tried to do this hike yesterday in the opposite direction than the one indicated here and we got lost looking for a public road that connects coast road to highway 1.

Luckily we ran in to the owners who were incredibly friendly and gracious and gave us a ride back to our car but they told us about some of the bad experiences they’ve had with hikers hopping the fences because of this all trails post. They’ve had to call the sheriff on trespassers on multiple occasions.

The road and scenery are beautiful but do not try to hike this trail as described. You can do all 9 miles of coast road or an out and back from either end but this 6 mike through hike is not doable.

off road driving
2 months ago

The location for the start of this trail is WRONG! As the other posters note, there is a locked gate. But we backtracked 3 miles towards Monterey on Highway 1 (across the large span bridge). There we found the true start to the trail, which happens to have a street sign marked “Coast Rd.” From there the trail meanders for 9 miles through redwoods, crosses streams and rises in elevation through scrub brush - with mazing views of the Pacific - and ends nearly in Big Sur. We did it with a 4-wheel drive Jeep but you could easily do it with 2-wheel drive.

off road driving
2 months ago

We enjoyed the views from this trail. Some areas are a little steep but we never had to take our vehicle out of 4 high. In fact I would take any 2 wheel drive SUV or pick up on this trail

We just completed this hike. It is accurately described as moderate. It came out to be 6 mikes, and we went at a leisurely pace. There are modest elevation changes. We were figged in so we can’t comment on views, but the pine forest trails are lovely, and quite wide in most places.

off road driving
3 months ago

Easy trail to go thru in any kind of truck. Drove in through the south Big Sur entrance and came out by Bixby Bridge. Plenty of great views along the way!

One of the most beautiful and remote walks/hikes near the water I’ve done!

4 months ago

We entered Coast Rd just north of the Andrew Molera State Park. There is no gate there. We drove in about 7 miles and then turned around because we weren’t sure if the exit would be gated. It was a great opportunity to go off reading.

Beautiful views in the area but the gate was closed and locked very well with private property signs all over the fence. I did not even see a path for bikers or hikers.

off road driving
5 months ago

Beautiful view but the gate was closed and locked very well with private property signs all over the fence. I did not even see a path for bikers or hikers.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful area, and lots of different trails to go on. from easy to hard it's whatever you're feeling!

10 months ago

The road is open to bicycles and hikers per Andrew molera state beach ranger January 2018.

This is the old coast road and it is open to bicycles and hikers . There are locked gates-you can go around them. The road itself is not private property, but the surrounding land is-so stay on the road. Information given to me by molera state beach ranger January 2018.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This trail is definitely through private property, we didn't see anyone during the hike (started around 10am) but sounds like others in the comments did.

Driving down HW1 you can park directly opposite the entrance. Then just follow the road (hop a few fences) and you'll find yourself at the top. Its a road the whole way so plenty of room to walk. Good moderate hike, some nice elevation gain but not too challenging. Great view from the top of the surrounding mountains. Only okay few of the ocean. Didn't see a single person the whole hike.

A friend and I drove a mile or 2 in before getting out to hike. That's what I'd suggest doing. The scenery is endless. The trail has a of greenery, redwoods, creeks, and everything you can expect from Big Sur. We ended at the top of a ridge in a cow pastor that was super windy. Such a contrast to the forest down below, but definitely added to the adventure.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

spectacular

Trail is marked closed but decided to take a peak and then just kept going. A lot of the trail towards the cliffs were overgrown with plant life (must be aware of stepping due to small animals holes) but nothing truly considered dangerous. Beautiful views, lots of bunnies on the trail!! The flowers gave off a wonderful sweet smell. Amazing easy trail.

The trail to go up the "mountain" was closed also, due to what looked like a landslide removing the stairs. Definitely wasn't safe looking and stayed away from there.

off road driving
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Great views, fun and easy ride.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Easy driver a Toyota Prius could do it with no trouble. Great views and nice little 30 min drive with lots of scenery.

Friday, January 01, 2016

The most amazing day. Perfect and so much sunshine. I highly recommend this especially on a sunny winter day.

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