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Andrew Molera State Park: TRAILS

 

NOTE: On October 31, 2018 the seasonal footbridge crossing the Big Sur River will be removed for the season. Hikers wishing to access the beach, Creamery Meadow, Ridge, Bluffs, Panorama and Spring trails must wade across the Big Sur River. The footbridge is expected to be back in place mid-June, 2019.

Trails at Andrew Molera State Park allow for bicycling and hiking. Please extend trail courtesy to all. Bikers yield to hikers. Bicycles are permitted only on authorized trails. Horses are no longer allowed on any trails.

Beach Hiking
2 miles one way
Hike on the beach from the mouth of the Big Sur River to Cooper Point. Most of the beach is only accessible during low tide, so use extreme caution and check your tide table to avoid being trapped or carried out to sea. 
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Beach Trail **CLOSED **
2 miles roundtrip 

Bluffs Trail
1.7 miles one way
Hike along the coast on this easy trail along the bluffs, with the sandy beach and tides below. No access to the beach from this trail until 1.7 miles, where the Spring Trail intersects. Hikers only.
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Bobcat Trail and Coyote Flat Trail
5.5 miles roundtrip
This easy network of trails meanders through redwoods and oaks along the Big Sur River. Access trails from the parking lot or any of the gates along Highway One south of the park's main entrance. Hikers allowed on all trails. Bikers only on Coyote Flat Trail.

Creamery Meadow Trail
2 miles roundtrip
This easy trail leads to the ocean beach. To get to the trail, you must cross the Big Sur River. A seasonal footbridge is put in place around June 15 and removed around October 31. Use extreme caution when wading across the river. Hikers and bikers allowed.
** On October 23, 2018 the footbridge was removed for the season.
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East Molera Trail
5 miles roundtrip
This strenuous trail climbs through grasslands and coastal scrub to a small redwood and oak grove and ridge top. An underpass located near the large white barn provides safe access to the trail. Hikers  allowed. Bikers only to beginning of first switchback.

Hidden Trail  **CLOSED **
1.5 miles roundtrip

Panorama Trail
1.3 miles one way
Steep and strenuous, with gorgeous panorama views, this trail also traverses a pygmy redwood forest. Hikers only.
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Ridge Trail
3.2 miles one way
This exposed, strenuous trail rises along the ridge with spectacular views. Hikers and bikers allowed.
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River Trail  **CLOSED **
3 miles roundtrip

Spring Trail
.1 mile one way
This short spur from the Bluffs Trail, leads down to Molera Beach. Hikers only.
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Trail Camp/Headlands Trail  **CLOSED **
2.5 miles roundtrip

Twin Cottonwoods Trail  **CLOSED **
.5 mile loop

Trails

Photograph courtesy of Sharon Pieniak