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30
2014

Carmel Bach Festival

Jul. 19-Aug. 2
The Carmel Bach Festival has a 75-year history of artistic excellence and community…more
Aug
2
2014

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Aug. 2
The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established…more
Aug
11
2014

Monterey Auto Week

Aug. 11-Aug. 17
Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Auto Week and…more
Aug
12
2014

Concours On The Avenue

Aug. 12
Sixth Annual Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours On The Avenue......Carmel's world famous…more
Aug
14
2014

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Aug. 14-Aug. 17
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey…more
Aug
15
2014

Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally

Aug. 15
The colorful 20th Annual Pacific Grove Concourse Auto Rally will be held on Friday,…more
Aug
16
2014

Concorso Italiano

Aug. 16
A celebration of Italian style, featuring the most spectacular display of Italian…more
Aug
17
2014

Concours d'Elegance

Aug. 17
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique pre-war and post-war cars,…more
Aug
22
2014

Sand City West End Celebration

Aug. 22-Aug. 24
The streets of Sand City come alive for the West End Celebration! Sand City is…more
Aug
23
2014

First City Festival

Aug. 23-Aug. 24
Experience a weekend of music, food, and fresh ocean air at the site of the iconic…more
Aug
27
2014

Monterey County Fair

Aug. 27-Sep. 1
The annual Monterey County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibition,…more
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Beautiful Monterey County

Beautiful Monterey County

Andrew Molera State Park

The largest state park on the Big Sur coast, Andrew Molera State Park is a popular Big Sur camping location. Andrew Molera State Park's hiking trails wander through a wide variety of environments, from spectacular coastline to tranquil river banks, from redwood-studded ridges to grassy meadows. Other attractions at this Big Sur state park include fishing, as well as horseback riding and mountain biking trails.

Named after the man who brought the artichoke to California, Andrew Molera State Park also is the home of many historic structures, including the oldest building in Big Sur.

Day Use

Andrew Molera State Park is an ideal spot for the outdoors enthusiast. Andrew Molera State Park has some of the most popular Big Sur hiking trails, as well as great Big Sur horseback riding and mountain biking trails. It is also the most reliable Big Sur surfing area.

Hiking

Andrew Molera State Park has 20 miles of Big Sur hiking trails, exploring environments from riverside to coastline and from ridgeline to meadow. The California State Parks website has an online trail map that provides an overview; a more detailed hiking trail map can be obtained at Andrew Molera State Park. Some hiking trails are ideal for the novice hiker, while others present a challenge even for the expert. Most have descriptive names that provide some insight into the trail's main feature.

Andrew Molera State Park's Beach Trail is an easy, almost flat hike to the beach alongside the Big Sur River. This trail meets the Bluff Trail, which provides breathtaking views of the shoreline from the coastal bluffs. The River Trail runs along the Big Sur River; hikers will ford the river three times along the way. The East Molera Trail explores the section of Andrew Molera State Park that is east of Highway 1. It has a significant elevation gain of 1000 feet over one mile, but its high point - a shady redwood glade on the crest of a ridge offering panoramic views of the coast and mountains - makes it worth the effort. The Ridge Trail has a similarly challenging ascent, and also provides breathtaking views.

These are only a few of the many hiking trails Andrew Molera State Park has to offer. Refer to item three in our list of Top Ten Day Hikes in Monterey County for a detailed description of the Beach and Creamery Meadows loop hike and the Bluff, Panorama and Ridge trail hike.

Discovery Center

Andrew Molera State Park's Discovery Center is run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The discovery center focuses on the organization's work with the California condor, but also explores the other wildlife in the area. Visit the songbird banding lab, take a tour, and learn all about Big Sur directly from local biologists and naturalists. Open Friday through Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

The Ranch House Museum

The Andrew Molera Ranch House Museum showcases the rich heritage of the Big Sur coast. Here you can view displays and artifacts from the artists, authors, early pioneers and indigenous peoples who helped shape the Big Sur culture. The Ranch House Museum offers free admission and is open Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm through Labor Day.

Camping

Looking for Big Sur campsites? Strap your tent to your back and hike out to Trail Camp at Andrew Molera State Park. Andrew Molera State Park has 24 hike-in campsites about one-third of a mile from the main parking area. No camping reservations are required at Andrew Molera State Park. All campsites are first-come, first-served, so get there early!

Map and Directions

From Carmel, drive south 20 miles to reach Andrew Molera State Park.


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