Andrew Molera State Park
Big Sur Station #1
Big Sur, CA 93920
NileGuide Expert tip:
Try this hike during a mild weather interlude in the winter or spring for clear skies, green hillsides, and possible glimpses of migrating whales offshore.
This grand loop of Andrew Molera State Park takes you through classic Big Sur scenery. Starting along the bottomlands of the Big Sur River (which still has a steelhead run), you'll follow the river out towards the ocean on the Creamery Trail before turning uphill on the Ridge trail, where you'll be treated to big time coastal views. On the Panorama Trail, those views become truly breathtaking as you feel like you're descending right on top of the Pacific. As you come down into close contact with the ocean, you'll turn back north along the Bluff Trail, from which you can explore an isolated beach piled high with driftwood after a winter storm. Reaching the river, turn back east toward your car and Highway 1 to complete this grand loop in one of California's most stunning state parks.