River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Andrew Molera State Park is a remnant of the historic Rancho El Sur, a Mexican land grant from the early nineteenth century. The land remained in the same family until it became a park in 1968.The hike follows a large loop through the 7.4-square-mile park, exploring several different landscape types along the way. Beginning in the riparian forest on the banks of the Big Sur River, the hike makes stops on a beach, coastal bluffs, and a low mountain ridge before returning along the sandy flats of the river, farther upstream."
--Dan Brett, Hiking the Redwood Coast (Falcon Guides).
"Skirting crystal clear water amid a verdant canyon, these riverside trails promise a wonderful year-round stroll. In fall a radiant display of sycamore, maple, alder, and cottonwood leaves brightens the river’s course. Following winter storms, the 15-mile Big Sur River provides critical habitat for steelhead trout and a variety of other wildlife. In spring new life abounds, as bare golden hills sprout carpets of blooming wildflowers. Summer welcomes perfect weather for a picnic and swim."
--Analise Elliot Heid, Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press).
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