Big Sur is one of the most spectacular gems of the California Coast, and the views are at their best from Andrew Molera State Park, 22 miles south of Carmel. There are over 4,800 acres of undeveloped land and 15 miles of trails to choose from here, but one of the most spectacular routes is a roughly 8 mile loop along the Ridge Trail and the Panorama Trail. As their names suggest, these trails have some impressive views of the coast from way up high. Note the bridge to cross the Big Sur River is only in place seasonally — make sure to visit at a time when crossing is possible. (Much of Big Sur suffered damage from landslides in 2017, so it’s a good idea to call ahead for trail conditions).
- 8 miles, with shorter out and back options
- 1298 feet
- Beach Trailhead
- Andrew Molera Drive