The Andrew Molera Park features pretty a net of trails and aspect routes, and there are a couple editions of this hike worth exploring.
There are two approaches to get out to the begin of the Bluffs Trail: the Creamery Meadow Trail, or the Beach Trail which run parallel with each other. For a barely longer route to the Bluffs Trail, in particular if the Big Sur River bridge has been eliminated and the water looks too high, try the Headlands Trail which runs to the coast north of the river and then crossed returned south at the beach. You'll want to discover your way south from here alongside the shore to the Bluffs Trail.
Another variant is to take the Hidden Trail which branches off the Ridge Trail with a marker on the right. Take the Hidden Trail down to the River Trail and comply with it north again to the place you crossed Big Sur River and parking area. The trail starts from the parking lot of Andrew Molera State Park, which is 4.5 miles north of the entrance to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park along Highway 1. The park entrance is about 20 miles south of Carmel.
The Andrew Molera Park Camping Rate
DAY USE FEE:
$10/day per car. Your entrance fee allows you access to all California State Parks until sundown.
Senior Citizen Discount: Age 62 or older, $1.00 off, except vehicles over 9 passenger capacity.
Disabled Discount Pass Holders: $5
Distinguished Veterans Pass Holders: no charge
Golden Bear Pass Holders: no charge
Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Holders: no charge during off-season (Labor Day through Memorial Day)
State Parks Pass holders must present pass at kiosk upon entry to park. Most State Park passes can be purchased at the Monterey District office at 2211 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940. California Explorer and Golden Poppy annual passes may be purchased at the Pfeiffer Big Sur entrance kiosk.
*NOTE: Tour buses and RVs are not permitted in the parking lots at Andrew Molera and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Parks.
$35-50/night at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. $30/night at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
BIG SUR STATION: Located at 47555 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, Big Sur Station is the information center for the Big Sur area. Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 831-667-2315
LOST AND FOUND: 831-667-0193
SPECIAL EVENTS, SCHOOL GROUPS: BigSurEvents@parks.ca.gov 831-667-0507
FILM PERMITS (MOTION and STILL): BigSurFilm@parks.ca.gov 831-667-0507
CELL PHONES: Cell phone service is extremely limited in Big Sur. Do not expect your phone to work here.
SERVICE DOGS: California State Parks promotes and supports equal access for park visitors of all abilities. Download the publication Service Animals in State Parks for more information.
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