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California whitewater, Arroyo Seco River

Monterey county, Willowcreek Bridge to Arroyo Seco Picnic Area section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV(V)     3 miles
  This section of Arroyo Seco River is 3 miles long and is a class IV(V) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Salinas it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy
    as elsewhere. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance
because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This is a somewhat short section so no need to bring snacks. The scenic beauty of Monterey County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Santa Lucia Range is a great experience.  
The Willowcreek Bridge to Arroyo Seco Picnic Area section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
There are pleasant spots to discover along the Marble Peak Trail, and if you're stopping by from Salinas, you won't be the only one. Whohoo, so much fun stuff in one place! The Santa Lucia Range rules! Going for a hike on the Horse Pasture Trail is always a great adventure. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a splendid spot to stretch your legs a bit; Arroyo Seco River is close to Limekiln State Park which is a stunning place.

Arroyo Seco River, Willowcreek Bridge to Arroyo Seco Picnic Area road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Arroyo Seco River.
 Whitewater Near Arroyo Seco River:
Arroyo Seco River, Monterey County, 1 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3 miles long (Willowcreek Bridge to Arroyo Seco Picnic Area)
Arroyo Seco River, Monterey County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge)
San Antonio, Monterey County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 10.7 miles long (Above and down to Mission San Antonio de Padua)
Carmel River, Monterey County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10 miles long (Los Padres Reservoir to Carmel Valley)
Big Sur River, Monterey County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 4 miles long (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Motels)
Little Sur River, Monterey County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Pico Blanco B South Carolina to Highway 1)
Nacimiento River, Monterey County, 27 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Hunter Liggett to Turtle Creek)
 Beaches Near Arroyo Seco River:
Sand Dollar Beach, Monterey , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Arroyo Seco River:
Tally Ho Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea , 7 miles away
Valley Harvest Inn, Soledad , 16 miles away
Ventana Inn And Spa, Big Sur , 18 miles away
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur , 20 miles away
Country Garden Inns, Carmel Valley , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arroyo Seco River:
Arroyo Seco, Greenfield, 0 miles away
Rocky Creek Campground, Monterey County, 2 miles away
Last Chance Trailcamp, Greenfield, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Arroyo Seco River:
Horse Pasture Trail, Monterey , 3 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1737 feet elevation difference
Marble Peak Trail, Monterey , 3 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 1188 feet elevation difference
Hot Springs Trail, Monterey , 4 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 1545 feet elevation difference
Summit Trail, Monterey , 7 miles away, 1.8 hiking miles, 1522 feet elevation difference
Arroyo Seco Trail, Monterey , 7 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 2631 feet elevation difference
North Coast Ridge Trail, Monterey , 7 miles away, 9 hiking miles, 1385 feet elevation difference
South Fork Trail, Monterey , 9 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 1563 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Arroyo Seco River:
Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines - CA , 37 miles away
Limekiln State Park, California , 11 miles away
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California , 13 miles away
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California , 20 miles away

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