Arroyo Seco - 2) Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge

Arroyo Seco, California, US


2) Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 14.5 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
hads-ARRC1 7.50 - 10.00 ft III 01h41m 3.3 ft (too low)
usgs-11152000 200 - 2000 cfs III 00h56m 45.4 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Arroyo Seco drains west out of the Santa Lucia mountains and Ventana Wilderness into the Salinas River near Greenfield.  This section is from the end of the public road down to a bridge near the mouth of the canyon.  It is reported to be very scenic with interesting geology.   There may be brush hazards in some sections however.


Season: Winter and spring rainstorms can bring flows up into the thousands of cfs, but as soon as the rain stops, flows drop quickly. The boating window can be from a day or two up to a week. During periods of steady or frequent rains, flows can remain at boatable levels for longer periods.




Other Information Sources:

Los Padres National Forest: Monterey Ranger District (King City, 831-385-5434) Campground Kiosk: 831-674-5726



For Class-IV fun, check out the upstream Willow Creek to Picnic Area section.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-12-11 19:38:41

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