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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. 

Short Hikes around Downieville, California

We've gone up to Downieville a lot over the last few years and done quite a number of day hikes. However on our most recent trip  (last week)  we took things easy on a couple of short trails, the Frasier Falls Trail and the Chapman Creek Trail.

The Frasier Falls trail (off the Gold Lake Highway) is just one mile roundtrip. This is a great short paved trail with gorgeous mountain views and  a waterfall at the end, it is an excellent option for anyone with reduced mobility. 

Champion hiker at 6,000ft!

I've got lots more lovely photos so I think I'll opt for a separate post on the Chapman Creek Trail.