Old Coast Road Southern Access

Point Sur, California

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The Old Coast Road was the primary route of travel along this mountainous coastal stretch prior to 1932, when the 260-foothigh Bixby Bridge was opened. This hike begins at the Big Sur Valley in Andrew Molera State Park near the mouth of the Big Sur River—at the south end of the Old Coast Highway. The winding, breathtaking route curves along hillsides, offering panoramic vistas of the coastline and interior mountains.

Old Coast Road: Southern Access Professional Review and Guide

"The Old Coast Road was the primary route of travel along this mountainous coastal stretch prior to 1932, when the 260-foothigh Bixby Bridge was opened. This hike begins at the Big Sur Valley in Andrew Molera State Park near the mouth of the Big Sur River—at the south end of the Old Coast Highway. The winding, breathtaking route curves along hillsides, offering panoramic vistas of the coastline and interior mountains."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Point Sur
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Local Contacts: Andrew Molera State Park
Local Maps: USGS: Big Sur

Old Coast Road: Southern Access Reviews

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2/19/2007
Our trip was over President's Day weekend in February 2007 on a very pleasant Sunday morning. We found the trail to be a nice combination of different environments and a nice but very "do-able" challenge for a group comprising a mix of first-time hikers to weekend-warrior types. The views were nice and the trail in reasonable condition. The trail only earns 3 stars because we felt that compared to some other routes we've tried, particularly in and around Mount Tam in Marin, the landscape was less dynamic and awestriking Our group of 6 used a single pair of tevas which were thrown back and forth across the river to eliminate the need to hike around in wet boots.
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