Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur

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Andrew Molera State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving relatively undeveloped land on the Big Sur coast. Situated at the mouth of the Big Sur River, the property was part of the Rancho El Sur land grant, and later owned by the Cooper-Molera ranching family. His sister Frances Molera stipulated that the park should be named for her brother Andrew Molera, who popularized the artichoke in California in 1922, when she sold the property to The Nature Conservancy in 1965.ActivitiesActivities at the park include hiking, fishing and beachcombing, with miles of trails winding through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive walk-in trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one-third of a mile from the parking area. It is considered the most reliable surfing area in Big Sur.The park is 20mi south of Carmel-by-the-Sea on State Route 1.FeaturesAndrew Molera State Park features the historic Cooper Cabin, built in 1861 or 1862. It is the oldest structure in Big Sur. Fur trader Juan Bautista Roger Cooper was Andrew Molera's grandfather.The Ventana Wildlife Society has established a Discovery Center within the park. The Discovery Center includes exhibits on local wildlife, including the California condor, and a bird banding laboratory. Scientists and other laboratory employees give regular tours of Andrew Molera State Park, explaining the flora and fauna that are unique to the area.
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  • The car park is located on highway 1. The parking fee is $10. However, the fee applies on the day also for other parks. To get to the beach and to the route, you must pass through a 10 m wide river. Feasible. Then you can choose whether you go to the beach or just the big hike. He crosses a long not too steep climb. Afterwards we direction over hill beach. Great panoramas. It continues at or just above the beach. Very much recommended!
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  • If you are into scenery, wildlife, hiking, birding or beaching, this place is a must while in the area. We walked several miles of a beautiful trail which took us through a combination of riparian, re...  more »
  • We did an 8.7-mile circular starting from the trailhead, down the Beach Trail to the beach (you have to take your boots off to wade across the Big Sur River at the start and end of this walk). Then we...  more »
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  • A mile plus easy hike to this serene beach! Not so crowded. Kids would love this place. Spent around 1 hour. There couple more trails will try that next time.
  • Purple sand and beach itself is absolutely beautiful and a great place to explore. However, the trails were poorly marked, we were unsure of where we could go, and the one accessible trail to the beach lacked any sign of mileage and ended up being about 1.5 miles one way.
  • Fantastic destination for a long scenic hike in the springtime, with stunningly beautiful ocean views. Better get there early to find parking (have $10 in cash ready) and allow enough time to close the 9-mile loop – I recommend going counterclockwise for a fun climb and relaxed way down.
  • We did a 9 mile hike here. The trails are not too well maintained- a lot of tall bushes and trail should be cleaned more often. Check the weather, might be windy near the ocean or for 2 miles of the hike. Beautiful view of the ocean, not too much shade. $10 parking cash only. Like this review if it’s helpful!
  • Most of the hikes are open. Beach access. Recommend the loop, 9 miles, all spectacular. You will need to cross a creek to get to and from some hikes. Bring exact change for the parking, $10. No cashier when I arrived.
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