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Andrew Molera State Park

Monterey, CA
831-667-2315
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Ranked #12 of 56 Attractions in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We were advised to take the Beach Trail from the parking lot. It's a two mile round-trip to see the beach and get back to the parking lot and the beach really isn't worth it. There are restrooms in the car park.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
50 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Honestly, I can't imagine a better hike in Big Sur - or a better day out full stop. My wife & I hiked the full 9 mile Andrew Molera Loop and it was so varied, including mountain views, oak forests, redwoods, coastal bluffs and beaches. Despite the 9 mile length and some short steep uphill climbs, it never became too... More

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Monterey, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I've made the drive out to Andrew Molera State Park just to show off some of the most scenic coastline in California, especially after storms which throw huge piles of driftwood onto the beach. If you're lucky you'll see lots of beach art made from this stuff! The horses at the stables are some of the best, too! And the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I spent an afternoon collecting sea glass on the beach here. Beautiful beach and boardwalk, where the seals romp in the surf and the pelicans feed at high tide.

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We did the round trip consisting of the trails Beach, Bluffs, Panorama, Hidden and River. It took us about 4 hours during which we hiked through different types of beautiful nature (bluffs, forest, meadow). A rocky and sometimes bit steep path led us to beautiful views during the Panorama trail. This felt as a good work-out. We met only a... More

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Wheaton, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We only had time to take one trail on our visit. It was the trail that led through the campground to the beach. It was an easy trail - wide and flat - for the majority. There was an incline near the beginning with some steps and a hill. In order to get to the beach you need to wade... More

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Oswego, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Well I love California beaches esp the remote ones but this was a bust. Compared to Point Lobos, Asilomar, any beaches between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, Montana de Oro, and the San Simeon beaches, we were so sorry that we spent the 3 hours hiking in and around the beach there. It was crowded and though it was... More

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San Francisco, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited this park last week and loved it. The $10 parking fee tends to scare away the tourists, and the parking lot wasn't even half full when we arrived in the early afternoon on a sunny weekday. We weren't interested in sitting on the beach, so we hiked the Headlands Trail, which takes you to a stunning lookout point... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
47 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Actually here 11-26-11. Nice and easy hike to a beautiful ocean view form the cliffs. Even got within 20 feet of a bobcat.

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Beautiful weather, gorgeous park and wonderful hiking trails. You can't ask for a more pleasant day.

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