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Andrew Molera State Park

ANDREW MOLERA STATE PARK: Molera is a wide-open, wind-swept picture where the Big Sur River runs natural out to the sea. A very undeveloped park that is excellent for hiking, biking, fishing and general beachcombing. There are 24 camping sites available on a first come, first serve basis. Another marvelous beach located in the Big Sur area off Highway one along the central California coast, only 20 miles south of Carmel by the Sea. There are seven and a half miles of trails, wonderful meadows, beaches and hilltops that have remained very primitive and popular today with hikers and bikers and all outdoor enthusiasts.

CLIMATE: The weather varies and layered clothing is advised. Often the weather ranges from the low 40’s in the evening or winter to the mid 60’s and 70’s during the warmer months, to include October. Sometimes evenings can offer amazingly clear skies, which are wonderful for star gazing.

ACTIVITIES: The Park offers the following features:
  • Bike trails
  • Family campsites
  • Fishing
  • Hiking or walking trails
  • Horseback trails
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Exhibits and programs
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Visitor Center
  • Vista points

POINTS OF INTEREST:
A 24-site walk-in campground
Headquarters to Molera Cultural and Natural History Center
Historical dairy site: Home to the first large commercial production of Monterey Jack Cheese
Wildflowers in the spring are plentiful making the backdrop an incredible natural canvas
The beach is known for the collectable driftwood
Pico Blanco: From the mouth of Big Sur River, there is a 600 million ton chunk of white gray marble that migrated from Mexico
It is the dominant feature of the north westernmost portion of the Santa Lucia’s
20 trails for bicycling, hiking, horseback riding or simple walking
Bixby Bridge
Panorama trail

by: Carla Iacovetti

©2006Carla Iacovetti