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Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur

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Andrew Molera State Park is a 4,800 acres (1,900 ha), relatively undeveloped state park on the Big Sur coast of California, United States, preserving land as requested by former owner Frances Molera. Situated at the mouth of the Big Sur River, the property was part of the Rancho El Sur land grant, and later owned by Californio pioneer John Bautista Rogers Cooper and his descendants. Cooper's grandchildren Andrew and Frances Molera inherited the property from their mother in 1918. Andrew popularized the artichoke in California in 1922, and died in 1931. In 1965, Frances sold the property to The Nature Conservancy, stipulating that the park to be created should be named for her brother.
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  • Wonderful hiking trail through wildflowers and trees to the beach. The trail is as wide as a standard fire road making it easy to avoid the poison oak, nettle, and blackberry brambles that... 
    Wonderful hiking trail through wildflowers and trees to the beach. The trail is as wide as a standard fire road making it easy to avoid the poison oak, nettle, and blackberry brambles that...  more »
  • A nice and a bit exhausting hike. Try to go seaside out. Its much easier than stumble down the narrow road. 
    A nice and a bit exhausting hike. Try to go seaside out. Its much easier than stumble down the narrow road.  more »
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  • Stunning! Easy, fun and simple 1.2mile walk to the beach. WARNING: walking bridge over river is temporarily unavailable during fall/winter months. Bring sandals or a towel, water is chilly. Trail branches off to 3 other moderate to difficult hikes around the area. Beach is beautiful and waves are fairly calm. The river drops out into the ocean which leaves a little bayou, just off the end the trail. Beautiful park, great for all ages. Bike accessible. Paid parking available on west side of highway. Free parking just off east side of CA-1 at the park entrance.
  • One of my favorite places to visit in Big Sur. This park has camping, wildlife, wide trails and access to the ocean & river. If you plan on accessing the beach be prepared to get wet! In order to get to the beach you have to cross a small river. In the summer months it is often a few inches deep but in the winter after a good rain it can get a few fee deep. Be prepared to wade across the icy water to get to the beach. The beach itself is gorgeous and remote. Large cliffs, wildlife, purple sand and very few people as there is limited parking.

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