Big Sur, CA 93920
Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Andrew Molera State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving relatively undeveloped land on the Big Sur coast. Situated at the mouth of the Big Sur River, the property was part of the Rancho El Sur land grant, and later owned by the Cooper-Molera ranching family. The park is named in commemoration of Andrew Molera, who popularized the artichoke in California in 1922. His sister Frances Molera made the name a condition when she sold the property to The Nature Conservancy in 1965.
Activities at the park include hiking, fishing and beachcombing, with miles of trails winding through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive walk-in trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one-third of a mile from the parking area. It is considered the most reliable surfing area in Big Sur.
The park is 20 miles (32 km) south of Carmel on State Route 1.
Personal Experience: We hit up this spot in the morning during springtime. I had never visited Big Sur in spring before. What a difference it makes! Now you not only have beautiful hues of greens and blues but so many other washes of colors thanks to the wildflowers growing everywhere!
We took a fun trail where you have to walk across a river to get to the other side. Some people just hooved right across it, shoes, socks and all! I took mine off and it was quite refreshing to feel the cool water on my feet and legs. The trail was maybe a mile or so until we hit the beach. It was so incredibly windy here that we didn't spend too much time on the shore. Inland was breezy but not over-powering.
Many artists have been touched by Big Sur. Here is a Beach Boys song about this majestic land:
We parked on the side of the road and walked down. It's a 1 min. walk. Otherwise you're paying $10 for parking. Here's the road you walk down:
There were plenty of trails to take. We decided on the Creamery Trail:
You have to cross a small river:
Fennel! This is a very tasty herb that's great in many culinary dishes:
Man was is windy though! Here's a quick video of how windy it was. Once we got to the beach it was so cold and windy with sand flying in our eyes that we had to leave pretty quickly. I don't believe it's always this bad here though:
We came across a dead, baby rattlesnake. Somebody must have killed it. I had never seen a baby rattler before and didn't realize how SMALL they are! Creepy since they're the most dangerous! It looked like a huge worm!
We made it!
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park