Creamery Meadows Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Andrew Molera State Park, the largest state park on the Big Sur coast, encompasses 4,800 acres and extends along both sides of Highway 1. The state park has mountains, meadows, a 2.5-mile strand of beach, and over 15 miles of hiking trails. The Big Sur River flows through the park. Molera Beach, at the Headland Bluffs, is adjacent to a lagoon at the mouth of the Big Sur River. This easy, level hike to the beach meanders through a grassy meadow lined with sycamore trees."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes on the California Central Coast (Day Hike Books).
"The route crosses the Big Sur and follows the river past mature sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, and alders before climbing high above the coastal bluffs. The Hidden Trail ascends Pfeiffer Ridge for 360-degree views of the region’s diverse topography and vegetation. The Ridge Trail gently descends to Molera Beach, offering sweeping ocean views. Bring your binoculars, as you may glimpse migrating gray whales in spring. Hundreds of bird species make this one of the state’s best bird-watching spots."
--Analise Elliot Heid, Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press).
"Although Andrew Molera State Park (AMSP) is small and offers limited riding, the scenery more than makes up for these deficits. An easy loop around Creamery Meadow via the Beach and River trails makes a good choice for beginners; they may want to venture along the Bluffs Trail as well. More advanced riders can add a vigorous climb up the Ridge Trail. You have views of the beach, cliffs and the spectacular Big Sur coastline from the Ridge Trail and the Bluffs Trail. Ferns, redwoods and oaks add to the Ridge Trail's scenic appeal."
--Delaine Fragnoli, Mountain Biking California's Central Coast Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
"This is an easy, level hike to Molera Beach in Andrew Molera State Park. The loop hike meanders through grassy Creamery Meadow, lined with sycamore, willow, alder, and cottonwood trees, to Molera Beach. The coastal beach sits below Molera Point and the rocky headlands, where the Big Sur River empties into the ocean. The beach extends south for two miles, although the tide often makes further access impossible. The return trail runs parallel to the river through riparian vegetation."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books).
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