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big sur/ANDREW MOLERA STATE PARK -- hiking

ANDREW MOLERA STATE PARK -- Gateway to the Big Sur Valley


Background of the park: (zt) 'Located on the site of a dairy ranch, Molera State Park is the largest park in Big Sur. The ridge that defines the western side of the Big Sur Valley begins to rise from the coastal plain within the park. West of the ridge are chaparral-covered coastal hills; east are the woods and grasslands of the Big Sur Valley.'

** The Ridge, Panorama, and Bluffs Loop (7.5 miles; 1300 feet)

Molera's most enjoyable hike, this loop climbs a ridge that offers outstanding views of the Big Sur Valley and the ocean, then drops through chaparral to the coastal bluffs and two small beaches.


Total hike milage: 7.5 miles. Elevation gain: 1300ft.

If time permits, we will visit Pfeiffer beach too. hike milage: 4 miles.

Please bring warm jacket, headlight / flashlight, sunblock, big lunch, 3 bottles of water.



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  • Nancy Liu N.

    good weather, pretty butterflies, waterfall, sunset, and ... most amazing --- rainbow on the wave in ocean!

    December 29, 2011

  • Gloria

    Shawn, I will be driving from Mountain View. So I wouldn't mind carpooling from MV. Anyone else from the area?

    December 28, 2011

  • Lucy

    I just saw this, and I am interested in joining, is there any seat availalbe?

    If it's OK, can I go carpooling from San Jose?

    December 28, 2011

  • Shawn L.

    I live in peninsula, Anyone will car pool from palo alto, mountain view or sunnyvale area?

    December 28, 2011

  • Tennis C.


    you can post the event to hiking column there to possibly attract more hikers.

    December 28, 2011

  • Nancy Liu N.

    qinggang: you are right. thanks. I didn't point it out in the poster since I never been to that site for butterflies, and don't know how significant it will be. But we will definitely pass that area, and check it out.

    December 27, 2011

  • Jialue F.

    I can carpool from San Jose, anyone else?

    December 27, 2011

  • Yinni

    Seems fun! Anyone carpool from San Jose?

    December 26, 2011

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