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Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground

Andrew Molera State Park

Big Sur Coastline, California

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Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground

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  • The trail to the campground follows the banks of the Big Sur River.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • The Headlands Trail from Trail Camp.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • Trail Camp Campground in Andrew Molera State Park.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • Trail Camp Campground in Andrew Molera State Park.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • Trail Camp Campground in Andrew Molera State Park.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • Trail Camp Campground in Andrew Molera State Park.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • The Headlands Trail continues from Trail Camp into the Cooper's Grove of blue gum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) en route to Molera Point and the state beach.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • Roosting monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in Cooper's Grove.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • Andrew Molera State Beach is just another half mile west past the campground via the Headlands Trail.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • Campground facilties.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
  • The Headlands Trailhead is located at the north end of Andrew Molera State Park's main parking area.- Andrew Molera Walk-In Campground
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Pros: 
Waking up within the park. Easy beach access.
Cons: 
Hauling gear.
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Region:
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Managed by: 
California State Parks
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Trail Camp is Andrew Molera State Park’s one and only campground. As a walk-in environmental camp with 24 sites located about a third of a mile from the trailhead, this is more of a gear haul than a backpacking trip. The campground has limited shade and privacy, although a handful of sites are tucked up against sycamore and oak trees that offer some respite from the sun. Sites are limited to four people and have a maximum duration of seven nights.

Lying adjacent to the lower section of the Big Sur River and its final reach to the Pacific Ocean, scenic Molera Point and Andrew Molera State Beach, a good spot for beachcombing and surfing, are both accessible from Trail Camp via the Headland Trail. En route to the beach you’ll pass through the blue gum eucalyptus trees of Cooper’s Grove. If you are camping between October and January you can witness the beautiful display of monarch butterflies that migrate thousands of miles to roost in the grove during winter.  Be sure to watch for the wildlife here both in and out of the water. 

Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table, a fire pit and grill, and a raccoon box to protect your food. Firewood can be purchased here on weekends, but you’ll have to look elsewhere on weekdays. Potable water is available both within the camp and at the trailhead parking area.

There is excellent hiking in Andrew Molera State Park, and it's all accessible from Trail Camp. Watch for poison oak, as it is pervasive here.

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