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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Chapman Creek Trail

This is a great short walk, perfect for a day when you're recovering from a longer hike, or if you're feeling like a briefer jaunt. The trailhead is at the Chapman Creek Campground east of Sierra City on historic Highway 49. This is the heart of the California Gold Country and the scenery is spectacular. Many of the hikes in this area have beautiful vistas of the Sierra Buttes or Alpine lakes but the Chapman Creek Trail is a more modest venture, three miles roundtrip walking on the banks of the creek through a wooded wonderland. As you can see below,  it's  a fabulous walk!


 We walk the trail midweek and didn't bump into anyone else. Although it is used by those who stay in the campground this is a very quiet trail. This is a woodland walk with a soft trail that crosses the creek at several points. It's a great place to bring your dog and the trail moves from heavy shade into a more open landscape at different points.

Because of the proximity to the creek, even in August there were quite a number of wildflowers to be seen. If you make it up here I hope you enjoy the hike as much as we did.