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Difficulty III
Length 14.5 Miles
Flow Range 7.50 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 35 minutes ago 3.26 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2009 7:38 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The Greenfield gauge only gives stage in feet, but it is at the put in and may be more responsive than the USGS Soledad gauge which is down near the mouth of the canyon at the take out bridge.  The boatable flow ranges listed here are guesses based on reports from others and are probably innacurate.  As more people report the flows from their trips, this flow interpretation will become more dependable. 

Directions Description

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