San Jose, California
Arroyo Seco Fall Retreat
& Moonlight Hike
Arroyo Seco campground sits on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest just outside of Soledad. The campground is the gateway to miles of hiking trails through the Eastern portion of this Central Coast gem. The Arroyo Seco River Gorge is a marvel not to be missed. As you can see in the photos the stream is not dry. It does disappear underground before it reaches the Salinas River, hence the name.
If you are camping we will be staying at the group campsite between the lakes. The weather in late October can vary dramatically so Saturday’s river hike will depend on the weather. Check the web site for up to date info or call Di or John at (831)-462-0262.
Friday Hike, 2:00 P.M. hike to the pools, Level: 2.0 – Miles: 3.0 Elevation: 800’
Saturday Hike, 10:00 A.M. Weather permitting Arroyo Seco River Hike. Level 2.5 – Miles: 4.0 Elevation: 400’ dress to swim, water shoes recommended.
If the weather cooperates we’ll hike 2 miles into the pools and hike down stream, literally, back to the campground. There is no way to keep dry since the walls of the gorge are too steep to provide a place for a trail, but with flotation devices and water shoes a good time can be had by all. If it’s too cold or the river is too high, we’ll announce an optional hike.
Since we’ll be doing a moonlight hike we’ll either have to forgo our usual Hungry Hiker Potluck or rush to squeeze it in before the Moonlight hike? We’re open to suggestions. (Maybe a breakfast potluck Sunday morning? )
Saturday Night Moonlight Hike, 6:30 P.M. Level 2.5 – Miles: 3.5 Elevation: 950’ Saturday evening we’ll be taking a short, steep hike to an open meadow surrounded by oaks. We’ll have a beautiful South facing view to take in the rising moon, meteor showers and recovery at it’s finest.
Hosts: Di and John
Take 101 South to Soledad, At the Arroyo Seco exit (#301) turn right onto Arroyo Seco Rd. After approximately 16 miles take the left fork to stay on Arroyo Seco Rd. The right fork becomes Carmel Rd. Arroyo Seco Rd. ends in the campground. Follow the sign to the Lakes and the primitive group campground
Travel time from San Jose: 2 Hrs. 15 Minutes
Parking : Car pooling is highly suggested as parking is limited in the campground. There is a $7 day use parking fee
Camping: $10.00 per person.
Dogs allowed on leash.