Route in brief: Follow Cabezo Prieto Ridge Trail all the way to Post Summit and then to Manuel Peak (also known as Mount Manuel). Then retrace your steps to the trailhead.
Notes: The last one mile to Post Summit is exceptionally steep. Beyond Post Peak, a good trail map and route finding skills are necessary for some sections. A significantly long section (about 0.7 miles long) was highly overgrown in Feb 2012. We had to wade through bushes that were about eight feet high. So attempt this hike only if you are confident of being able to track the Cabezo Prieto Ridge trail using GPS or map and compass. Check Ventana Wilderness Trail Conditions Reports for planning this hike.
Andrew Molera is along CA-1 in Big Sur, 21.5 south of the shopping complex in Carmel at the intersection of Rio Road and CA-1. The trailhead for Cabezo Prieto Ridge is a quarter mile south of the park entrance. Going south, you would see sign like this. Going north, you would see sign like this.
Parking Fees: None (last visited: February 2012)
Capacity: A few cars may be parked on the west side of CA-1 next to the trailhead. More roadside parking is available to the north.
Latitude: 36.284888 Longitude: -121.840332
To Post Summit
From the trail head to Post Summit along the ridge trail, there was one particularly steep section.