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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  • What an amazing spot. The energy here is amazing and the beach is one of the best in Big Sure. There is about a two mile walk to the beach and currently that includes walking through a stream about two feet high but it all adds to the adventure! We went back two weekends in a row we loved it so much. Definitely worth checking out and plan to spend the whole day!
  • Pfeiffer beach... Our wish is, this is not taken the wrong way but we are grateful for the wildfires of the landslides of the earthquake that happened over the past couple of years in California. After reopening of the Pfeiffer bridge in October traffic was minimal this is the perfect time to visit California. Most of the land masses have been untouched for the last couple of years we did see some traffic but it was minimal the beaches were free to ourselves it was an experience that we will probably never ever be able to experience the time we had again. My memories at the age of 10 years old just the same as my memories last week now 50. It’s been 40 years California I don’t think I will ever return again... You’ have to cross the Big Sur River to get here for us it was about 30 inches deep the water is cold you should expect a change of socks on the other side. Best best is to go barefoot and shoes on your back. We watched a couple people chicken out and work their way back to the vehicles. Just crossing the water is an experience itself. 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.
  • Such a beautiful place. Absolutely breathtaking, especially at sunset
  • I came here for the monarch butterfly, but trail is closed this season. Parking fee is $10. I recommend you Monterey monarch butterfly sanctuary for butterfly.
  • Easy hike to ocean.. you have to cross a river barefoot
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