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Andrew Molera State Park

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Address: Cabrillo Hwy, Big Sur, CA 93920
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This large park has a diverse range of trails that run along the Big Sur...

This large park has a diverse range of trails that run along the Big Sur River or out to the coast.

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The road leading to the carpark from HWY1 is around 5 minutes drive up from the big sur river inn. I would recommend reserving a day to explore the park properly. We visited... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

The road leading to the carpark from HWY1 is around 5 minutes drive up from the big sur river inn. I would recommend reserving a day to explore the park properly. We visited initially on our first evening on coast just for a quick hike down to the beach for sunset and it was fantastic. The hike is very easy,... More 

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Oregon
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

We went on January 29th, 2017 to look for Monarch butterflies. They were closed due to river changing course, but it was not posted on their website.

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Cypress, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Arrived late afternoon on New Year's Day so only time for the Headlands Trail from the parking lot (no stream crossing necessary) to the bluffs above the beach. First down some steps then across the meadow with campsites, then through the grove of trees, then up some steps to the top of a ridge to see a beautiful view on... More 

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Reviewed 22 December 2016

If you're looking for a Big Sur dramatic beach, this one is lovely but more understated. There is also a mile walk from parking to the beach. It's not a hard walk -- almost entirely flat -- but it's not particularly scenic; it goes through a big meadow used by overnight campers, and then through brush and woods next to... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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111 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Pleasant trail from Highway 1 goes through some open land, then leads down through a grove of Eucalyptus trees and tends near the mouth of the Big Sur River. Great views from the headlands and various points along the shoreline.

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Ireland
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80 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

I really enjoyed Andrew Molera state park, we walked the coast trail had to cross a freezing creek to get to the trail but good fun.The walk to the beach is easy and flat but lovely scenery and pleasant, we visited on a lovely october day,the beach is so pretty and and a nice place to visit. There is a... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Moderate to Strenuous but a great hike overall. We have done this hike 3 times now and the scenery is breathtaking. This last visit, while on the Bluffs Trail we witnessed a few dolphins at play. The views of the ocean is an awesome sight. Andrew Molera is an 8 mile loop but with the inclines, switchbacks and hills it... More 

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Coronado, California
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Pros: *easy trail and flat *trail ends on the beach *purple sand (see attached pic) *saw ppl w boogie boards and paddle boards Cons: *don't expect to see big redwood trees. The vegetation is a bit more arid.

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Burlingame, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Walked the coast trail from parking to ocean, one mile each way. Pretty sunny heading out to beach , but groves of trees here and there. Very windy the day we went. The beach itself is not so great, but the trail is easy and flat and wel maintained. There are other trails as well. Lots of people on the... More 

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Vallejo, California
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Loved this spot. Great hiking! Awesome views! Peaceful atmosphere! The trek from your car to the campsite is not far, but it is not close, I would say its about 500-750 yards away less than 5 min walk. I camped here in August 2014.

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