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After arriving at Andrew Molera I was not sure what to expect. The
hot, dusty, dirt parking lot did not look very promising. I could only
hope that the beach offered something more scenic
The hike to the beach started out on a wobbly, floating wooden bridge
that crosses the Big Sur River. From there it was a one mile (1.6 km)
walk to the beach. The dirt trail was flat and not very strenuous. It
was lined with poison oak, on both sides of the trail, almost the entire
distance to the beach. If you visit the park, take care. If you wander
off the trail you may end up with an irritating, itchy rash from the
poisonous plants. Poison Oak abounds in California.
After arriving at the beach, I found that the walk was well worth the
effort. The beach was beautiful. The ocean surf crashed against the
colorful rugged rock structures in the near horizon. The waves of water
contained multiple shades of blue and aqua which is typical of the Big
The beach has an over abundance of drift wood on the shoreline. I guess
the wood is left to lay on the beach due to the one mile walk to the
parking lot. Andrew Molera is one of the few beaches in California where
it is legal to remove a specified amount of wood from the beach. Some of
the more adventurous guests visiting the beach have used the wood to
create artistic structures. Some have built tee-pees, forts, and other
exotic structures. They were truly unique to view.
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