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Andrew Molera State Park

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Address: , Monterey, CA
Phone Number: 831-667-2315
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Activities: Hiking
Description: This large park has a diverse range of trails that run along the Big Sur...
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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The majestic meeting of the Big Sur River and the Pacific Ocean

My wife and I waded through the chilly Big Sur River carrying our one-year old baby. We then walked under giant oaks and through wildflowers to the beach where the crystal clear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
JonBlaich
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My wife and I waded through the chilly Big Sur River carrying our one-year old baby. We then walked under giant oaks and through wildflowers to the beach where the crystal clear Big Sur River meets the Pacific Ocean. The sand really shimmers like gold and the area wasn't crowded on the weekday afternoon of our visit. See my video... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Lots of hiking options here...we did the Beach Trail and part of the Bluff Trail. Saw dolphins and seals from the Beach, and stunning panoramas from the Bluff Trail. Ended up on a secluded beach a ways along the Bluff Trail; had a relaxing lunch on the beach until the winds kicked up and started sandblasting us:) This area would... More 

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Torrance, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We visited in May 2015 took the hike on the far right of the parking lot and it was the surprise of our entire trip to the Big Sur area. The entire place is lower key than other more established areas in Big Sur, which we saw as a plus, No crowds of cars parked along the highway, just drive... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

1-mile walk to beach was very nice, also highly recommend Bluff trail if you have the time for a 9-mile round trip

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We set off from the parking lot thinking we were going to hike about 4 miles. We must have misread our topo map, because it turned out to be 8.8 miles around the whole loop! It took us 6 hours total. We first took the trail along the coast, which was stunningly beautiful and an easy walk. Then we turned... More 

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Tracy, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This wasn't my favorite park because the hike to the beach was long and not very pretty. This is outside the redwoods, so much of the grounds were dry. The beach area was lovely and it meets the river. Many families were playing in the water and having a great time.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The one mile walk on sandy path was pleasant and manageable even with kids. Led to a pretty and quiet beach. Sat there and listened to the soothing waves and soaked in the beautiful Cliff's rocky coastline...relaxing way to enjoy a short morning or afternoon walk.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Took the 1-mile trail to the beach. Was a nice, easy walk. The beach was ok for the scenery, but not one that I would spend much time at. There were other trails that I would have liked to explore if I had more time.

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north hollywood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Andrew Molera State Park is an amazing park. The Ventana Wildlife Society's Discovery Center is wonderful for children. The Creamery Meadow Trail (where cows were raised to make the original Monterey Jack Cheese) ends at the beach, where the Big Sur River empties into the Pacific Ocean. DO NOT GO ON BOBCAT TRAIL! There is horseback riding business that goes... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Parking is $10 but can be used at other state park parking lots. Park and take the trail about a mile in. About 20-25 minutes through great different mixed scenery. We saw deer while hiking out of the beach. The beach is beautiful, very few people at the beach. It is rocky but towards the northern end there is a... More 

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