Coast Road

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Distance6.0mi
Elevation Gain2,315ft
Trailhead Elevation50ft
Top941ft
Elevation Min/Max35/941ft
Elevation Start/End50/50ft

Coast Road

Coast Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Andrew Molera State Park. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 50 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,315 feet. The 56.0 information guidepost is near the trailhead. There are also parkings. The Cooper School (historical) (elevation 755 feet) school can be seen along the trail. There is also a water along the trail.

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"Coast Road begins and ends on California 1 and offers a great alternative to speeding down the Coast Highway. The trail begins 2.5 miles north of Big Sur, opposite the entrance to Andrew Molera State Park. It immediately begins to climb up a graded dirt road, passing through patches of thick trees and open ranchland. Along the early stretch of the trail, you can look west to see the highway, coast, and ocean. The views along this section are excellent and show just what you miss by staying on the main road. The trail then goes through private property, passing a number of ranch access roads and private buildings. As it heads into the forested regions, the trail crosses Little Sur River before traveling along Sierra Creek. These wooded areas are on private property. Please respect landowners’ rights and stay on the main trail. Special Attractions: Spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean; Pleasant, easygoing trail that travels through some of California’s southernmost redwoods. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."

"You can approach this as either a strenuous day hike or an overnight trip. The camp is also accessible from Bottchers Gap via the Little Sur Trail (see TRIP 41 Pico Blanco, page 167). Although this trail is the shorter route (6 miles versus 7.4 miles), tangled overgrowth, persistent poison oak, and dangerous washouts make it tough going. If you have time, choose the overnight option, as you’ll want time to enjoy the swimming hole at trail’s end."

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Trail Information

Andrew Molera State Park
Nearby City
Andrew Molera State Park
Parks
Andrew Molera State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Big Sur, Point Sur, Point Sur
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