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Andrew Molera State Park

Address: Monterey, CA
Phone Number: 831-667-2315
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Ranked #12 of 44 Attractions in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner 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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Monterey, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The 8 mile loop is one of the nicest coastal day hikes nearby. Once upon a time we came here in summer, it was hot and dry, like most of California, and felt like work. Fast forward to a late autumn afternoon and this place is lovely. The grass was green from recent rain. The tracks were slightly muddy, there... More

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Buffalo, NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is a small state park with a few hiking trails...one to the ocean and one throughout the park. We took the ocean trail which was supposed to be scenic and .5 miles long. We saw nothing but dried dead grass and we walked, what seemed to be a lot longer then .5 miles...although time-wise it probably wasn't. When we... More

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Lincoln, New Hampshire
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This 8 mile round trip hike is perfect for the average hiker that is ok with some elevation work. Lovely views up and down looking west or east but also some shade for break from the sun towards the top. Group of trees and areas to sit for snack or lunch. Trail is easy to follow and nice walking. Hiking... More

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
63 helpful votes 63 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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68 reviews 68 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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