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Bixby Bridge Andrew Molera State Park McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park 122 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 Big Sur Roadhouse Big Sur Cliff View from Nepenthe Head for the Hills For the sheer variety of hikes, some of which are more like strolls, a great place to put legs in motion is Andrew Molera State Park. There are a couple of sweet and easy walks to the beach alongside a river, and the beach cove is wel- coming, with its driftwood sculptures and hand- some background hills. But go for the gold: get the map at the entrance station and trek along the Ridge Trail/Hidden Trail/River Trail loop, which shifts from shady oak glens to a 360-degree view from Molera Ridge of canyons and coast and then back down to the river. There's a bit of climbing over the 3.6-mile loop, but the hike's rewarding. Lots of other hikes are in the park, but for other fun (and shorter) ones outside, try Partington Cove Trail, some miles south of town ("town" being a bit of an exaggeration). Or enjoy the quick-but-wondrous Canyon Trail to Canyon Falls view at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see that willing water jump from cliff to shore. Sit a Spell and Nosh There are plenty of beguiling places to reward that exertion with a lunch bite, but a fine choice is the Big Sur Roadhouse. It's a comfort- ably hip spot with locally sourced and carefully prepared California cuisine, a full bar and a visually

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