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California whitewater, Arroyo Seco River

Monterey county, Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     14.5 miles
  The nature scenery of Monterey County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge stretch of Arroyo Seco River in California is 14.5 miles long and it is classified as a class III section by American Whitewater. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are
    less manageable. The starting location is a short drive from Salinas, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the
river for a while have a lot of people coming here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. When you're paddling down a Santa Lucia Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Since you're on this site you are probably  
into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Arroyo Seco River without first going for a hike along the Marble Peak Trail. You'll meet a lot of people from Greenfield here, and you can go for a hike on the Horse Pasture Trail. At this river you will never have a bad time. If you're here, you might as well check out Horse Canyon, and Limekiln State Park is a pretty spot any time of year.

Arroyo Seco River, Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Arroyo Seco River.
 Whitewater Near Arroyo Seco River:
Arroyo Seco River, Monterey County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge)
Arroyo Seco River, Monterey County, 7 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3 miles long (Willowcreek Bridge to Arroyo Seco Picnic Area)
San Antonio, Monterey County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 10.7 miles long (Above and down to Mission San Antonio de Padua)
Carmel River, Monterey County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10 miles long (Los Padres Reservoir to Carmel Valley)
Nacimiento River, Monterey County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Hunter Liggett to Turtle Creek)
Big Sur River, Monterey County, 26 miles away
      Class II+ - 4 miles long (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Motels)
Little Sur River, Monterey County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Pico Blanco B South Carolina to Highway 1)
 Beaches Near Arroyo Seco River:
Sand Dollar Beach, Monterey , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Arroyo Seco River:
Valley Harvest Inn, Soledad , 11 miles away
Tally Ho Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Near Fort Hunter Liggett, King City , 18 miles away
Days Inn King City, King City , 18 miles away
Super 8 King City, King City , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arroyo Seco River:
Miller's Lodge, Greenfield, 2 miles away
Lower Piney Creek Campground, Monterey County, 5 miles away
Piney Creek Campground, Monterey County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Arroyo Seco River:
Horse Pasture Trail, Monterey , 9 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1737 feet elevation difference
Marble Peak Trail, Monterey , 9 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 1188 feet elevation difference
Hot Springs Trail, Monterey , 11 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 1545 feet elevation difference
Arroyo Seco Trail, Monterey , 11 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 2631 feet elevation difference
Summit Trail, Monterey , 12 miles away, 1.8 hiking miles, 1522 feet elevation difference
North Coast Ridge Trail, Monterey , 12 miles away, 9 hiking miles, 1385 feet elevation difference
Gamboa Trail, Monterey , 14 miles away,  6.6 hiking miles, 1759 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Arroyo Seco River:
Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines - CA , 31 miles away
Limekiln State Park, California , 15 miles away
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California , 20 miles away
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arroyo Seco River:
King City Golf Course, King City , 19 miles away

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