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Molera Beach Super Loop

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  4.5 ( 11 ) Favorite

Trail

7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer loop
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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Aug 10, 2019
Margo V
Parked across the street from park to not pay for parking. Started on bluff trail and went off trail to play in the ocean. 7mi
Jul 6, 2019
Lal W.
I love this hike! Started off at the beach providing warm up before ascending to the Panoramic Trail. Awesome view of the coast. Check the tides! 7.9mi — 3h 35m
Jun 24, 2019
Ch Ahrens
Jun 22, 2019
Dre Pina
Jun 15, 2019
Mher Mnatsakanyan
7mi
May 26, 2019
Cole Campbell
May 24, 2019
Shelby Case
The beach trail was closed, we exited the ridge trail at the hidden trail. It and the river trail was very grown up. Overall it was a fun trail. 7.5mi — 4h 20m
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

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