Creamery Meadows Trail

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Elevation Gain158ft
Trailhead Elevation34ft
Elevation Min/Max19/66ft
Elevation Start/End34/34ft

Creamery Meadows Trail

Creamery Meadows Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Andrew Molera State Park. It is a mile long and begins at 34 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 158 feet. The trail ends near the Creamery Meadows Trail; Bluff Trail information guidepost. There is also a beach near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Beach Trail, River Trail, Ridge Trail and Bluff Trail.

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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Creamery Meadows Trail Reviews

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Being able to see the curvature of the earth was worth this hike alone. We walked along the coast first along the bluffs, which had no trees and a lot of chaparral. But once we reached the edge of the park where our view of the sea extended for hundreds of miles. But on the way down, taking the trail across the ridge, you walk through a very wooded, almost rain forest, terrain with redwoods that were completely hidden on the coast route. Very amazing to discover "hidden" hundred-foot red woods.
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If you are mtn biking go straight for the Ridge Option. The creamy meadow loop has very loose dirt so makes for poor riding. The ridge has amazing veiws of the Ocean and some great single track. It gets almost impossibly tough to rise up the hill at the end, but is worth the walk up with your bike and the ride down. Great views of big sur coast!!!

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Trail Information

Andrew Molera State Park
Nearby City
Andrew Molera State Park
Andrew Molera State Park c/o Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 408-667-2315
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U.S.G.S. Big Sur Andrew Molera State Park map
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