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California whitewater, Little Sur River

Monterey county, Pico Blanco B South Carolina to Highway 1 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     7 miles
Just one of the many drops on this run Says Eric Kinney (see picture)

Very beautiful picture of the river Says Eric Kinney (see picture)

I was on the first decent of this river, and almost arrested. The land owner has the CHP in his pocket. I have run this twice in the rainy season. Get an early start. And dont even think about rafting this. It is small and steep with lots of logs. Says Eric Kinney

The put-in location
    is a short drive from Salinas, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Pico Blanco B South Carolina to Highway 1 section of Little Sur River in California is 7 miles long and is
according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. The river winds through the Santa Lucia Range and you get great scenery. The beautiful scenery of Monterey County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. Getting  
your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. There are many good hotels to choose from, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Pico Blanco B South Carolina to Highway 1 section is one of them. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you won't find many other paddling places.

Little Sur River, Pico Blanco B South Carolina to Highway 1 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Little Sur River.
 Whitewater Near Little Sur River:
Little Sur River, Monterey County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Pico Blanco B South Carolina to Highway 1)
Big Sur River, Monterey County, 7 miles away
      Class II+ - 4 miles long (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Motels)
Carmel River, Monterey County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10 miles long (Los Padres Reservoir to Carmel Valley)
Arroyo Seco River, Monterey County, 24 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3 miles long (Willowcreek Bridge to Arroyo Seco Picnic Area)
Arroyo Seco River, Monterey County, 26 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge)
 Marinas Near Little Sur River:
Kanassky Marina, Carmel , 14 miles away
Breakwater Cove Marina, Monterey , 16 miles away
Marina Motorsports, Marina , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Little Sur River:
Pfeiffer Beach, Monterey , 5 miles away
Wreck Beach, Monterey , 6 miles away
Sandy Beach, Monterey , 12 miles away
Hidden Beach, Monterey , 12 miles away
Monastery Beach, Monterey , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Sur River:
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur , 7 miles away
Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel-by-the-Sea , 11 miles away
Bernardus Lodge And Spa, Carmel Valley , 11 miles away
Quail Lodge And Golf Club, Carmel-by-the-Sea , 11 miles away
Carmel Mission Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Sur River:
Bottchers Gap, Carmel, 2 miles away
Little Sur Campground, Monterey County, 2 miles away
Andrew Molera State Park, Carmel, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Little Sur River:
Buzzards Roost Trail, Monterey , 6 miles away, 1.5 hiking miles, 864 feet elevation difference
Manuel Peak Trail, Monterey , 6 miles away,  10.8 hiking miles, 3534 feet elevation difference
Oak Grove Trail, Monterey , 6 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 204 feet elevation difference
Soberanes Canyon Trail, Monterey , 8 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 1877 feet elevation difference
San Clemente Trail, Monterey , 9 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 714 feet elevation difference
Rattlesnake Creek Trail, Monterey , 11 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 1350 feet elevation difference
Carmel River Trail, Monterey , 13 miles away,  29.4 hiking miles, 3023 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Little Sur River:
Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines - CA , 58 miles away
Andrew Molera State Park, California , 2 miles away
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California , 6 miles away
Garrapata State Park, California , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Sur River:
Preserve Golf Club, Carmel , 7 miles away
Golf Club, Carmel , 11 miles away
Tehama Golf Club, Carmel , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Sur River
White Rock Lake, Monterey , 7 miles away

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