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Andrew Molera State Park
On the Big Sur coast, California

This large state park was part of Rancho El Sur. The family held it until it was sold to the state in 1965 by Frances Molera and named for her brother Andrew.

Other than a handful of historic ranch buildings next to Highway One, this is a roadless park protecting the lower Big Sur River, the beach at its mouth, and the ridgeline above. There is a popular walk-in campground and an extensive network of trails.

Inland from the highway the park extends to 3000 feet elevation on Cabezo Prieto Ridge.

Andrew Molera State Park
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Camp area at Andrew Molera

Camp area at Andrew Molera

The walk-in camping area at Andrew Molera, near the mouth of the Big Sur River. There are 24 first-come first-served campsites.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Cooper Cabin at Andrew Molera

Cooper Cabin at Andrew Molera

This log cabin was built in the 1860's by Juan Bautista Roger Cooper, Andrew Molera's grandfather.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Estuary of the Big Sur River

Estuary of the Big Sur River

The last quarter mile of the Big Sur River is a slow-moving tidal estuary.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Mouth of the Big Sur River

Mouth of the Big Sur River

When river flow is seasonally low the mouth of the river is blocked by a ridge of beach sand.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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El Sur Ranch boundary with Andrew Molera Park

El Sur Ranch boundary with Andrew Molera Park

El Sur Ranch is a huge land holding that extends from Andrew Molera State Park on the south to Bixby Creek on the north. It is privately owned and closed to the public, but preserved from development.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Molera Point above the Big Sur River

Molera Point above the Big Sur River

The Headlands Trail at Andrew Molera climbs onto Molera Point above the mouth of the Big Sur River.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Molera Beach from Molera Point

Molera Beach from Molera Point

Molera Beach extends south from the mouth of the Big Sur River as far as Cooper Point.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Birds on rock at Molera Point

Birds on rock at Molera Point

Large numbers of pelicans, cormorants and other birds congregate on the rock at the tip of Molera Point.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Molera Ranch House Museum

Molera Ranch House Museum

The old ranch house on the Molera Ranch is now a museum, along with the Discovery Center run by the Ventana Wildlife Society.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Summer bridge on the Big Sur River

Summer bridge on the Big Sur River

In summer the Creamery Meadow trail crosses the Big Sur River on a removable plank bridge. In winter the water level may be too high for safe crossing.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Creamery Meadow, Monterey jack cheese

Creamery Meadow, Monterey jack cheese

Spanish/Mexican-style white cheese made on the Molera Ranch (and elsewhere in Monterey County) was marketed by Monterey businessman David Jack. Known as Monterey Jack, it is one of only four cheeses considered to be of American origin.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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Molera Beach

Molera Beach

The Beach and Creamery Meadow Trails lead to Molera Beach at the mouth of the Big Sur River.

Andrew Molera State Park, California

Date photographed: September 14, 2015
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