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blue Molera Beach Super Loop

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Trail

7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,142' 348 m
Descent: -1,143' -348 m
High: 1,084' 330 m
Low: 7' 2 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Chris Gossage

A nice leisurely stroll on the beach eventually gives way to high ocean views.

Chris Gossage

Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

This is an exceptional easy-to-moderate hike with spectacular ocean views and a nice long stretch on the beach.

Be prepared to get your feet wet - it's good to know what the tides are doing on the day you go!

Need to Know

You'll want to be prepared to take off your shoes and wade across shallow streams and light surf depending on the tides. Speaking of tides, when it's high, the beach section may be impassable. Time your hike with the tides.

Description

From the trailhead, make your way directly to the beach by heading down Creamery Meadow Trail to the West. You'll first encounter a shallow creek to cross within the first 50 yards of the hike. Take your shoes off and wade across.

Once you get to the beach, assuming you've checked the tides to make sure you won't get trapped by the water, take a left and continue down the spectacular Big Sur coastline. There may be a couple rock outcroppings that seem to block further progress down the beach but either wade around them (knee deep when I went) or look for the tunnel underneath one of them.

When you arrive at the cove where you are to begin heading inland onto a regular trail, look for the driftwood log jam. Scramble inland across these logs and in about 50 yards you'll see the Panorama Trail.

From here on out, the trail is pretty self-explanatory. This is also where the majority of the uphill hiking occurs until one reaches the ridge top. From the ridge top, there is a spectacular view up and down the Big Sur coastline. Once you reach Ridge Trail, follow it to the northwest. The Ridge Trail wanders mostly through lightly forested terrain and with minimal elevation gain, traversing the first ridge to the east of the coast.

At about mile 5.7, look for Hidden Trail - connects Ridge Trail to River Trail. Descend somewhat steeply on this connector to River Trail and follow it back to the trailhead.

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Apr 22, 2019
PJ Sherwood
Lovely beach but I strongly suggest updating the description with respect to poison oak on the trail. 7.6mi — 3h 00m
Apr 2, 2019
Jacques T
Truly spectacular, and magical. River crossing was up to my waist. Heard talk of a bridge? — 4h 30m
Sep 3, 2018
Natalie Garner
The river trail portion of this hike was closed off. We took the ridge trail to finish the loop. Beautiful weather and gorgeous views!
May 27, 2018
Megan Capilla
May 7, 2018
Jessica Mutschler
Mar 9, 2018
Adeline Magdalena
Jan 3, 2018
Samay Shah
Dec 17, 2017
Mengxi Lu
7.5mi

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  4.6 from 8 votes

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Could not proceed more than a mile down the beach because it was too close to high tide. Also, multiple trails in the park were closed on July 7. There are other trails in the park, though. Strongly recommend checking with the park ranger before you give it a try. Jul 9, 2018
River Trail overgrown and somewhat washed out. There are also rattlesnakes there. Use Ridge Trail. At the start you cross the Sur River, so quick dry pants and bring river shoes. Wear long pants to avoid poison oak on the Panorama and Bluff trails. Way too many people from out of state hiking in shorts that are going to be miserable when the rash comes on. Fabulous beach, but about 2.3 miles in there is a point you can't get past except at low tide to slack tide. Apr 22, 2019

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