The Beach Trail

Andrew Molera State Park is only 26 miles south of Monterey, California. The drive is beautiful, and takes about 35 to 45 minutes depending on weather and traffic (and how much you enjoy the scenery).

You can pay to park in the gravel lot where the trail heads are located – or you can park along Highway 1 and walk in which is what I usually do. The beach trail is about 1 mile long, and follows a stream out to the beach. The walk is easy and flat so that kids or people not used to hiking shouldn’t have any trouble.

View looking South down the coast. There were hundreds of birds on the beach and skimming the waves.

This is probably my favorite thing about this beach. There are pockets of purple sand, most likely eroded from the purple colored rocks that are part of the cliffs.

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