River Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Andrew Molera State Park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 36 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 12 feet. The River Trail; Beach Trail information guidepost is near the trailhead. There are also benches and picnic sites.
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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