Arroyo Seco, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||III (for normal flows)|
|ARROYO SECO NEAR GREENFIELD 15WSW|
|hads-ARRC1||7.50 - 10.00 ft||III||01h05m||3.55 ft (too low)|
|ARROYO SECO NR SOLEDAD CA|
|usgs-11152000||200 - 2000 cfs||III||00h20m||76 cfs (too low)|
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.