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Big Sur Hike - 8 mi

Background:

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. Most of the trails in this park don't have the wildness and rugged mountain character that typifies Big Sur, with the notable exception of the East Molera Trail, a steep hill climb that's very typical of Big Sur.

Molera isn't really a redwood park, since it only has a few tiny, scattered groves of redwoods (shown in dark green on the map above), and the groves aren't as scenic as the redwoods in other Big Sur parks. However, if you drive south on Highway One, just as you're entering the Big Sur Valley you'll see a few conspicuous groves of redwoods, the first really noticable redwoods in the area and a sure sign that you've entered the heart of the Big Sur region. These redwoods, and a few other groves like them, are part of Andrew Molera State Park.

Two beaches, reached by easy walks of at least a mile, are the park's most popular destinations. Horseback tours are also offered and some of the trails, particularly the Bobcat and Creamery Meadow Trails, are heavily strewn with horse manure.

Molera has the most poison oak of any Big Sur park. The plant grows in tall, dense bushes that in places have been cut into vertical walls that border the trails. Many trails, particularly the Hidden, South Boundary, and Panorama Trails, can get completely overgrown with poison oak. Small poison oak plants are often hidden in the chaparral by the side of the trail and may sprout in the middle of the trail. The trail crews come through about once a year and remove all traces of poison oak, which makes hiking a lot more pleasant.

Scheduel:

The Trail starts from the Andrew Molera parking lot, here is our route:

Beach Trail(1.0 mi) - merge to Bluffs Trail(1.7 mi) - meets with Panorama Trail(1.7 mi) - merge to Ridge Trail(2.6 mi) - merge to Creamery Trail(0.8 mi) - back to parking lot. Total of 8 miles loop.

Bluffs Trail and Panorama Trail should be 1,100 ft. steep climb, we would like to keep our pace at 1.5 mph, the rest of the hike is moderate that we will have our pace at 3 mph.

Weather:

Sat Sep 22 Partly Cloudy

72°

49°

Partly Cloudy

Chance of rain:
20%
Wind:
NNW at 11 mph
Suggestions:

Layer clothes is needed, bring a wind breaker as the fog might come in later afternoon.

Parking is NOT free, but you can find a FREE parking across the street.

Please bring a sandwich or some snack and enough water since we will stop at Panorama Bench to have 20-30 minnutes snack break.

Let's enjoy the hike in Big Sur!

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

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  • Troy

    Kay or Xiangying, please unlock the post photos function so I can post some photos or just go to this URL https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s720x720/62059_159218710882913_941123749_n.jpg

    September 23, 2012

    • Xiangying

      Troy, thanks for sharing!. I am not sure how to unlock the photo uploading function here. But it seems I can upload photos. could that because you are not in the list of members for this event?

      September 27, 2012

    • Xiangying

      I can upload some on your behalf :)

      September 27, 2012

  • Kay J.

    Great

    September 23, 2012

  • Nan H.

    I will also leave from south bay and use the Sears parking lot. In front of the Starbucks in that Sears parking lot (10101 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA) at 10:30am. I can be a carpool driver.

    September 21, 2012

  • Xiangying

    At least one more host is needed. Main requirement is the host should be responsible to ensure no one is left behind. Good hiking experience or familiarity with the area is plus. Please contact Kay or me if you are willing to do it for the team. Thanks in advance.

    September 20, 2012

    • Xiangying

      Jeffrey, thank you! Let us check the status on Fri.

      September 21, 2012

    • Xiangying

      Hua Nan volunteered to host the event. Thanks

      September 21, 2012

  • Helen

    I live in Castro Valley and look for a carpool seat. Can meet you in east bay (fremont, union city, Hayward) or south bay area. Please email me at [masked].

    Thanks!

    Helen

    September 21, 2012

  • 伟 铭

    Anybody out there still looking to carpool?

    September 20, 2012

    • YANMEI

      Thank you very much Ming! will do it later today!

      September 21, 2012

    • YANMEI

      Hi Ming, I might be no able to make it this time - will message you later after confirming soon.

      September 21, 2012

  • Troy

    April says my group would likely be back in the parking lot at 2 PM. That means I MAY catch you near the merger of Beach Trail to Bluff Trail, if at all. If not, may be I can try to catch up with you...not sure. Have fun otherwise...

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The route is perfect to me. If you check this map ( http://www.redwoodhikes.com/Big%20Sur/Molera.html ) you can see that 2/5 of the route is along/close to the shore. The trail should be OK for most people unless you really want to try some difficult ones.

    (I'm sick for the week and may not be able to join the trip. Anyway, hope you guys have fun on Saturday!)

    September 20, 2012

  • hailong t.

    2 · September 20, 2012

  • Troy

    Hey, I thought Anna was organizing this, she is not.

    Is there an organizer here?

    I am going with another MeetUp group at AM. Same day, nearly the same route. It is being led by two Sierra Club Members.

    September 19, 2012

    • Roman C.

      The event description sounds fantastic! Thanks Kay!

      September 20, 2012

    • Kay J.

      You are welcome,Roman;) It's my honor to be the host and enjoy the hike with the group!

      September 20, 2012

  • Troy

    Will try to look for you on Beach Trail or parking lot if my group finishes early.

    September 20, 2012

    • Kay J.

      Sounds good, looking forward to seeing you there then!

      September 20, 2012

  • Troy

    September 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kay for volunteering to host the event. I'm sick this week but will try to join your guys if possible. Happy hiking

    September 20, 2012

    • Kay J.

      Hopefully, you will get well soon, Demin;)

      September 20, 2012

  • Kay J.

    I need 2 more ppl to carpool with Lynn and me. Pls reach me at[masked]-4041.
    Thnx:)

    September 17, 2012

    • Kay J.

      Srry, Wei Ming, Lynn , Mandy and Sam are gonna carpool with me. But I will let u know if they change their mind.

      September 20, 2012

    • 伟 铭

      Thank you for the quick response Kay!

      September 20, 2012

  • YANMEI

    Hello, I live in south bay, can share gas, looking for carpool !

    September 19, 2012

  • MDee

    Hmm... Is this really an event? The date is this weekend and there's no meeting location as well as info about the hike.

    September 18, 2012

  • Ella L.

    May I know how many miles we are going to hike? and elevation?

    September 17, 2012

  • Roger L

    i am also interested to know more details of the hike such as meeting time, location, trip duration, condition, and level of difficulty. any additional information is appreciated.

    September 17, 2012

  • Kay J.

    Anyone wants carpool, please contract me. I can take 3 ppl. I live in Half moon bay, but I can pick up ppl who live in san mateo, redwood city, san jose anywhere along 101. My phone#:[masked]

    September 17, 2012

  • Ming

    where is the hiking trail? where should we meet?

    September 17, 2012

  • MDee

    I would like to carpool too. From San Leandro.

    September 17, 2012

  • Lynn

    Hi,
    I'd like to carpool too. I'm from Milpitas.

    September 16, 2012

  • Amity W.

    need carpool too!!! from Fremont!!

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good to me, but need carpool:) live in union city, someone who still have seats, let me know!!

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can anybody give me a ride from San Francisco?

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    September 13, 2012

  • Catherine L.

    +1

    September 13, 2012

  • Stone X.

    Sounds like exciting. Will try to make it.

    September 8, 2012

  • Kay J.

    Hello everyone! I would love to join you guys to hike in Big Sur, hopefully, the schedual will work out.

    September 6, 2012

  • Roger L

    new to the group, and thought the big sur would be a great event to begin with. looking forward to it.

    September 5, 2012

  • 伟 铭

    Hopefully, the date can be set at the earliest. Looking forward to Big Sur Hike!

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If it's after 9/14, I should be able to attend. YES for now.

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi this looks very interesting. Can non-Chinese speaker join as well?

    September 2, 2012

  • Jeffrey Q.

    I meant " hope it won't be a time conflict".:) Looking forward to the official date...

    August 21, 2012

  • Jeffrey Q.

    I'd really love to go. I'll put Yes for now. Hopefully the Date is be a conflict for me.

    August 21, 2012

  • Ming

    expecting someone who is familiar with that area to give good suggestions...

    August 11, 2012

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