To some Big Sur is the iconic coast with its many picturesque locations, to others it is the local artistry and amazing food, to many it is a gateway to a rugged backcountry. But to locals, Big Sur encompasses all of this, coming together to form a way of living. Come with me explore the iconic Big Sur through the lens of a local, and be transported into a Big Sur State of Mind. We will be exploring the iconic Andrew Molera State Park, the trip will start with a little adventure, as we forge the Big Sur River to access our trailhead. Once crossing the River we will emerge onto a beautiful ridgeline trail which provides expansive views of Big Sur with awesome wildflower, bird, and (hopefully) whale watching locations along the way. The journey culminates at a vibrant pink sand beach. Along the way I will be pointing out the unique land formations, flora and fauna, as well as natural history of Big Sur. My goal of this experience is to offer you a glimpse into Big Sur way of life, a culture that lives much like the ecosystem we will be exploring, all working together to strike a balance between vitality and stillness. More than 3 million visitors pass through Big Sur every year, and few leave knowing more about the area than when they first came! Don't be a part of this statistic, come with me on a journey though Big Sur.
Hi, my name is Ashley and I am an Environmental Scientist living and working in the Monterey Bay area for over 5 years now. I love exploring the wild mountains and dramatic coastline of Big Sur and am well versed not only in the best trails and local food of Big Sur, but also the unique natural and cultural history of the area. I am also the founder of Soul Rooted Adventures, a mindful hiking community. We integrate adventure skills and mindful practice to develop rejuvenating outdoor adventures. Finally, I am certified as a Wilderness First Responder, the industry standard in medical training for remote backcountry guides.
I will provide snacks at our halfway point on the pink sand beach.
Andrew Molera is my favorite state parks in Big Sur, it remains largely undeveloped and features 4,800 acres of diverse habitat. Please contact me if there is an alternative date, time or even location you wish to visit.
In addition to a normal day pack please bring water shoes (for the river crossing) and a towel. Also it is a good idea to wear pants (the trail has poison oak) that are quick drying or can easily be rolled-up because sometimes the river can be high
Hike into a Big Sur State of Mind